Tory de­fec­tor loses Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

Con­ser­va­tive de­fec­tor Eve Adams failed on Sun­day in her bid to run as a Lib­eral can­di­date in the loom­ing fed­eral elec­tion.

The sit­ting mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, wel­comed per­son­ally into the fold by Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau, was hand­ily beaten for the party's nom­i­na­tion in the Toronto rid­ing of Eglin­ton-Lawrence by lawyer Marco Mendicino.

The vote tally was about 1,100 votes for Adams and 1,936 for her vic­to­ri­ous ri­val, party of­fi­cials said, prompt­ing ec­static ap­plause from his sup­port­ers.

The re­sult means Mendicino, 42, a mar­ried fa­ther of two, will now face off against Tory Fi­nance Min­is­ter Joe Oliver in the elec­tion that must be held no later than Oct. 19.

“There's no boo­ing for Eve,” he said in a vic­tory speech.

Adams said she would spend some time with her fam­ily but sug­gested she would not dis­ap­pear from pol­i­tics. Adams, 40, who once be­rated a garage at­ten­dant over an un­sat­is­fac­tory car wash, left the Con­ser­va­tives un­der a cloud re­lated to another nom­i­na­tion fight, and Trudeau's warm em­brace of her an­gered some party mem­bers.

Some of that dis­af­fec­tion was on dis­play as Adams, who does not live in the con­stituency, made a fi­nal, un­suc­cess­ful ap­peal to rid­ing Lib­er­als to let her carry their stan­dard against Oliver.

She had barely be­gun her pitch to about 150 mem­bers in a steamy high school au­di­to­rium when a man stood up in the au­di­ence.

“I urge you to­day for the sake of the party, if you love the Lib­eral party, please with­draw,” he said.

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