Tory defector loses Liberal nomination
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.