Musings —08.31.2011 10:48 AM—
Ernie Eves blasts Tories who want to bring ‘Tea Party’ politics to Ontario (Tories-Eves-Sterling)
TORONTO – With just days to go until the provincial election campaign begins, former Progressive Conservative premier Ernie Eves is taking aim at members of his own party.
Eves reportedly told an Ottawa gathering that longtime MPP Norm Sterling, who lost the Tory nomination in the riding he’s held for 34 years, wasn’t treated fairly or honestly by the party.
Eves tells Toronto radio station AM640 his comments last week weren’t directed at Leader Tim Hudak or the party, but a few individuals who want the “Tea Party version of Ontario politics” in that riding.
Despite having the backing of former premier Mike Harris and federal minister John Baird, Sterling lost a bitter nomination battle to Jack MacLaren in March.
MacLaren is a former director of the property rights group, the Ontario Landowners Association.
Fellow Tory Randy Hillier, a past president of the landowners, campaigned on behalf of MacLaren and worked against his caucus colleague.
(AM640, The Canadian Press)