Conservative party sets nomination date

The nomination date has been set, but there are no candidates on the ballot yet.
The new Conservative Party of Canada’s riding association for the proposed Thunder Bay-Rainy River has decided to hold two nomination meetings.
The first will be held in Fort Frances on Friday, March 12 while the second will be in Thunder Bay on Saturday, March 13. The venues have not yet been chosen.
On these dates, members of the Conservative party will be able to vote for the candidate they want to represent the party in the next federal election, widely expected to be called this spring.
However, no candidates have stepped forward to run for the nomination.
John Carroll, the nomination chair, said the search committee currently is working to find candidates.
Even with a list of roughly 40 potential names, Carroll said two-thirds of those approached generally will decline to run.
“We might end up with an acclaimed candidate, but I’d like to see at least three strong candidates,” he said, adding competition sparks debate and interest in the party.
“I’d really like to see a couple of good candidates from the Rainy River District,” Carroll noted, saying the party has strong support here.
Two candidates already have stepped forward for the Liberal nomination in the new riding: former Thunder Bay mayor Ken Boshcoff and Don Paterson, vice-chairman of N.M Paterson and Sons.
Former Fort Frances councillor Larry Richardson has said he will run for the NDP nomination in the new riding.
The current Thunder Bay-Atikokan MP, Liberal Stan Dromisky, has said he will retire prior to the next election.
(Fort Frances Times)