Hamil­ton po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing PC nom­i­na­tion meet­ing

Can­di­dates launch com­plaint about Hamil­ton West-An­caster-Dun­das

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - CANA­DIAN PRESS/ HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Hamil­ton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive nom­i­na­tion meet­ing marred by al­le­ga­tions of bal­lot box stuff­ing.

Ben Levitt was de­clared the win­ner of the Hamil­ton West-An­caster-Dun­das nom­i­na­tion meet­ing on May 7, but it was chal­lenged by two would-be can­di­dates. They al­lege the process was tainted by fraud and say the re­sult should be over­turned.

Hamil­ton po­lice said Wed­nes­day they had re­ceived a com­plaint from a par­tic­i­pant in the nom­i­na­tion meet­ing, which was held at the An­caster high school.

“A con­cern was raised re­gard­ing the process used to se­lect the can­di­date,” po­lice said in a state­ment. “Hamil­ton Po­lice Ser­vice is cur­rently re­view­ing in­for­ma­tion ob­tained and a de­ter­mi­na­tion will be made whether the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be con­tin­ued by Hamil­ton Po­lice or for­warded on to another In­ves­tiga­tive Agency.”

Hamil­ton West-An­caster-Dun­das can­di­date Vikram Singh is tak­ing the party to court seek­ing to have nom­i­na­tion re­sults over­turned. Can­di­date Jeff Peller has also ap­pealed the re­sults and filed for a ju­di­cial re­view.

The al­le­ga­tions in Hamil­ton West-An­caster-Dun­das are among sev­eral Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive nom­i­na­tion re­sults be­ing ques­tioned by party mem­bers. In re­sponse, party leader Pa­trick Brown brought in Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers au­di­tors to over­see party nom­i­na­tions. Brown’s of­fice had no com­ment about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Lib­eral MPP Ted McMeekin will be ac­claimed as his party’s can­di­date at an Au­gust 14 meet­ing.

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