Former Mississauga MP still has a shot at provincial riding nomination as ruling leaves door open

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Published November 1, 2021 at 10:05 am

One-time Mississauga Conservative MP Stella Ambler still has a shot at nomination bid in Simcoe-Grey riding. (Photo stellaambler.com)

(UPDATE/CORRECTION: This story has been updated with corrected information)

 

Former Mississauga Conservative MP Stella Ambler’s bid to run in a cottage country riding in next year’s provincial election is still alive after a judge’s ruling last Friday in Ontario Superior Court.

Ambler, 55, who served as Mississauga South MP from 2011-2015 before more recently setting her sights on provincial politics, filed an application with court on Aug. 5.

She had her statement of claim heard on Oct. 29, when a judge stayed her application to overturn the appointment of another nomination candidate in the Simcoe-Grey riding. The ruling stated the one-time Mississauga politician had not yet exhausted the Tories’ internal review process in attempts to settle the matter.

Ambler sued the Ontario Tories after Ontario Premier Doug Ford handpicked Collingwood Mayor Brian Saunderson earlier this year to be the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding in which she’s hoping to run next June. 

Simcoe-Grey is considered one of the safest Conservative ridings in the province.   

At the time of Saunderson’s appointment, on June 3, he was among four candidates, including Ambler, who had been vying for the nomination since November 2020. The nomination process began after longtime Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, who’s represented the riding since 1990, announced he’d be retiring prior to the 2022 election. 

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