Cros­bie re­buff a blow to the Con­ser­va­tive party: for­mer ad­viser

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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. John Cros­bie says the move is an af­front to democ­racy, and he’s con­sid­er­ing cut­ting any fed­eral Con­ser­va­tive ties. Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada spokesman Cory Hann says the is­sue is an in­ter­nal party mat­ter.

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