At the Provincial Conservative Meeting on April 16th, single sheets of paper were handed out to everyone entering the building. The paper was a written endorsement of candidate Rob Leone by Federal Minister of Science and Technology Gary Goodyear.
Many candidates and members were outraged at Goodyear’s blatant interference in the provincial meeting and thought it was unfair.
Rob Leone defeated Andrew Johnson by one vote, and that vote was a ballot that would probably would have been discarded as “spoiled”’ as it was obvious one candidate had been chosen, but then erased and was changed later by the voter.. Ken Zeise, President of the Ontario PC Organization, decided to allow the ballot as a tiebreaker.
After the meeting, several of the candidates have let their displeasure be known. Yasmeen Sultana, who is said to have brought more members to the party than any other candidate, has resigned her membership in the PC Party. Several of those who ran for the nomination have returned their Goodyear signs, and have contacted their supporters and asked that they don’t support Goodyear.