Teen Tory stresses so­cial con­ser­va­tive cre­den­tials


VINELAND, ONT.— A teenage Tory touted his so­cial con­ser­va­tive cre­den­tials at an all-can­di­dates’ de­bate Mon­day night, say­ing he hopes Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Leader Pa­trick Brown will al­low him to vote with his con­science.

“I am 100-per-cent pro-life,” 19year-old Sam Ooster­hoff told a stand­ing-room-only meet­ing at Twenty Val­ley Golf and Coun­try Club with six oth­ers vy­ing to rep­re­sent Ni­a­gara West-Glan­brook in the Nov. 17 by­elec­tion.

“I’m very proud of the PC Party hav­ing a long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of al­low­ing open votes on mat­ters of deeply held con­science,” Ooster­hoff added in re­sponse to a ques­tion from the crowd, ask­ing can­di­dates how they would vote if they were op­posed to a mo­tion or a piece of leg­is­la­tion.

Ooster­hoff, nom­i­nated with sup­port from the re­li­gious right as the party’s can­di­date to re­place for­mer MPP and party leader Tim Hu­dak, said he would lis­ten to the opin­ions of his con­stituents on is­sues.

He also spoke out about Pre­mier Kath­leen Wynne’s sex-ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum, which Brown now says his party sup­ports, say­ing the govern­ment did not con­sult with enough par­ents.

Given Ooster­hoff’s self-de­scribed “pro-fam­ily” be­liefs against abor­tion and sex ed­u­ca­tion, Brown’s of­fice has been shield­ing him from Queen’s Park me­dia. While Brown has three times promised the Star he would ar­range for Ooster­hoff to be in­ter­viewed, the Tory leader’s of­fice has ig­nored more than a dozen emails re­quest­ing one.

Sam Ooster­hoff, 19, was the sur­prise win­ner of the PC nom­i­na­tion in Ni­a­gara West-Glan­brook.

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