Former Mississauga MP sues Ontario Tories after nomination bid comes to an end

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Published October 28, 2021 at 4:14 pm

A former Mississauga Conservative MP is suing the Ontario Tories after another nomination candidate was appointed to the cottage country riding in which she was hoping to run in next June’s provincial election.  

Stella Ambler, who served as Mississauga South MP from 2011-2015, will have her statement of claim heard tomorrow (Oct. 29) in Ontario Superior Court. The one-time Mississauga politician filed the application on Aug. 5.  

Ambler, 55, had hoped to run in Simcoe-Grey in the provincial election next June 2, but Ontario Premier Doug Ford instead handpicked Collingwood Mayor Brian Saunderson earlier this year to be the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding. 

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. 

In a statement of claim filed with Ontario Superior Court, Ambler’s lawyer alleges the premier’s appointment of Saunderson was “unlawful” and “inequitable.” 

Her lawyer wants the Collingwood mayor’s nomination tossed aside and a new selection process to follow. 

Allegations contained in the statement of claim have not been proven in court.  

The nomination process began in late 2020 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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