Derek Duval, of Vankleek Hill, says he has been disqualified from tomorrow's Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Conservative nomination convention because of a video shot "in good fun" years ago.
Mr. Duval says the last-minute decision came after party officials thought a pile of poutine shown being eaten off a hockey stick was a hamster. Plus, the person in the video isn't him.
Mr. Duval, son of long-time Vankleek Hill councillor Paul Emile Duval, charges the real reason was that party leader Patrick Brown wants Amanda Simard, a Russell councillor, to be the Tory standard-bearer in the next Ontario election.
Here is Derek's Duval FB post:
How you voted
Francis Drouin, Liberal 34,205 53.4%
Pierre Lemieux, Conservative (I) 23,284 36.3%
Normand Laurin, NDP 5,039 7.9%
Geneviève Malouin-Diraddo, Green 1,143 1.8%
Jean-Serge Brisson, Libertarian 412 0.6%
(I) = Incumbent
Turnout: 75 per cent of 85,388 eligible voters cast ballots
Guy Lauzon, Conservative (I) 27,041 51%
Bernadette Clément, Liberal 20,450 38.6%
Patrick Burger, NDP 4,333 8.2%
Elaine Kennedy, Green 1,192 2.2%
(I) = Incumbent
Turnout: 67.36 per cent of 78,706 eligible voters cast ballots
A tight race has developed in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in the run-up to the October 19 federal election.
However, while GPR is considered to be a hotly-contested swing riding, there will be no all-candidates debate in North Glengarry, since only the Liberal candidate was ready to participate in the forum organized by the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce.
Liberal Francis Drouin, who will meet voters October 7 at 7 p.m. at the Tim Hortons in Alexandria, has maintained a slim lead over Conservative incumbent Pierre Lemieux over the last several weeks, according to one polling firm.
More details in our October 7 edition.