Eve Adams should stay in current riding, says nomination challenger
Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7:00PM EDT
The chiropractor who is battling Eve Adams for the Conservative nomination in a new Toronto-area riding says the MP should stick to fighting for her current seat.
Natalia Lishchyna told CTV’s Power Play Tuesday that she didn’t know Adams was seeking the nomination in the newly created Oakville-North Burlington riding when she decided to throw her hat in the ring.
Adams, who currently represents Mississauga-Brampton South, wants to run in the new riding because she now lives there with her partner, Dimitri Soudas. Soudas was fired as executive director of the Conservative Party on Sunday over his involvement in Adams’ campaign.
Lishchyna said she has “deep roots” in the new riding, and believes Adams should continue representing Mississauga-Brampton South.
“We need both of those seats for the next election in 2015 in order to continue with the majority government,” she said. “That is where her roots are and I think that’s the appropriate place for her to continue.”
Adams has been accused of using taxpayer-funded resources to send mail to voters in the new riding, although she has denied any wrongdoing.
Soudas was fired after ignoring multiple warnings about his involvement in Adams’ campaign, sources have told CTV News. Soudas knocked on doors, made hundreds of phone calls and even recruited young canvassers from Ottawa to help Adams in her nomination bid, sources said.
After he was fired, Soudas admitted to CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that he’d crossed the line.
Soudas’s ousting shows that open nominations are a “must” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Lishchyna said Tuesday.
“The prime minister obviously recognizes that swift action was needed and he is showing and demonstrating that open and fair nomination meetings are a must,” she said.
Lishchyna said she believes that voters in her riding will recognize that “the person who really cares about what happens in that community… is the best candidate.”
Asked whether Adams’ campaigning has been fair, Lishchyna said she herself plays “by the rules” and did not get access to a mailing list until the riding association board approved it.
“As for what’s happened to date, I think the record speaks for itself. It’s probably not something that should have happened,” she said.