A couple of potential Tory nomination candidates who were disallowed to take part in the nomination race of the new northeast riding of Calgary Skyview, by the federal Conservative Party, are hopeful to get a second chance. The two candidates, namely Puma Banwait and Buta Singh Rehill, took part in the screening process of the party, which includes gathering signatures, filling out disclosure forms and being interviewed. Each claim that they were disqualified as candidates without any stated reason.
In light of the dismissal of Conservative party’s executive director, Dimitri Soudas, both men have filed an appeal hoping that they will get a change of re-entry into the local race. According to Banwait, Soudas oversaw the nomination and was part of the panel that conducted candidate interviews, which implies that the process was deceitful. He alleged that “I believe they should run this whole nomination process over again” and “we are victims here . . . let’s make things fair.” Soudas was fired as executive director of the Conservative party on Sunday, in light of allegations that he got involved in the nomination battle of his fiancée and Conservative MP Eve Adams.