A town councillor running for the Conservative nomination in an Ontario riding that was already the source of controversy earlier this month says she was unfairly blocked from carrying the party banner because the top Tory brass wanted another candidate instead.

Rachel Gilliland, who sits as a member of Aurora, Ont.'s town council, told CBC News Wednesday she was denied the chance to run for the nomination in the Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill riding and was “given no reason for the denial.”

“I did ask for clarity and I didn’t get any. It seemed to me like there’s a candidate that has a little bit more favouritism from the party, let’s just say that,” she said in an interview. “There were quite a few things that didn’t seem kosher.”

“I’ve worked my butt off for almost a year and I made a lot of personal sacrifices. If the party was adamant about having a specific person win then by all means … but pick up the phone and tell me. They could’ve thrown me a bone,” she said.

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    A town councillor running for the Conservative nomination in an Ontario riding that was already the source of controversy earlier this month says she was unfairly blocked from carrying the party banner because the top Tory brass wanted another candidate instead.

    's town council, told CBC News Wednesday she was denied the chance to run for the nomination in the Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill riding and was “given no reason for the denial.”

    Now that Gilliland has been blocked from running for the party and Maddeaux is out, the nomination election will be held on May 28 with only two candidates on the ballot: Menegakis and Carmine Perrelli, a former regional councillor and deputy mayor of Richmond Hill, Ont.

    Gilliland said she has reason to believe the party’s membership list — the master directory of Conservatives in a particular riding — was unfairly given to another candidate for the nomination in contravention of the rules.

    Maddeaux told CBC News earlier this month that she suspected another campaign had early access to the membership list — a development that would give that particular competitor a big benefit over the other prospective nomination candidates.

    Fischer, the Conservative spokesperson, previously told CBC News that Maddeaux’s claims of nefarious membership list sharing were “completely false.”


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