Crosbie rebuff a blow to the Conservative party: former adviser
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A federal Conservative supporter and former adviser says rejecting Ches Crosbie as a candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador is a blow to the party. Tim Powers says Crosbie, a successful lawyer and son of former Tory cabinet minister John Crosbie, is the sort of prospect the Conservatives need. Powers is a cousin of Crosbie’s and says it makes no sense for the party to rebuff qualified people in a province with no Conservative MPs. Crosbie was the only person to seek the Conservative nomination in the riding of Avalon before a deadline last month, but was rejected by a party vetting committee. John Crosbie says his son is not commenting while on vacation, but said the committee objected to the younger Crosbie’s part in a recent fund-raising skit that poked fun at Prime Minister Stephen Harper.