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. 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.