A man from Killarney who had his sights set on a run for a Conservative nomination says he finds himself on the outside looking in.
The next provincial election will result in the formation of realigned electoral boundaries and even some new constituencies including Turtle Mountain. That constituency replaces Arthur-Virden and runs along Highway 2 east to the Manitou area.
Killarney-Turtle Mountain Mayor Ricks Pauls was going to enter the race until he received a letter in the mail on January 2nd. “I got the letter from the Conservative Party informing me of the founding meeting and nomination set for January 16th in Boissevain. Nomination deadline for people wanting to run is January 5th and the deadline to submit memberships was December 31st. You need to sell memberships so people can vote and the deadline was before I even got my letter and that isn’t fair.”
He adds they are forming the constituency with the founding meeting and a half hour later they will select their candidate. “They are going to bring someone in from outside the constituency so it’s who the Conservative Party wants and they aren’t opening it up to a fair nomination process to see who the people of the newly formed riding would like as their representative,” said Pauls.
As soon as Pauls found out about the new constituency he wanted to make a run for the nomination but he says that isn’t going to happen under these circumstances. “I’m considering a run as an independent so because voters want someone to represent the people who are here and not represent the Conservative Party. They shouldn’t just airplane in an outside candidate because it should be a fair process and this is not a fair process the way they are going about it.”
A provincial election doesn’t have to be called until 2020 and Rick Pauls says that gives the parties lots of time to hold founding meetings and nominations.
“I think the Premier plans to call a snap election and we will be going to the polls this spring.”
Attempts to get a comment from the Conservative Party were unsuccessful.