Eli Ridder | Report
Dr. Gary Ellis, Justice Studies head at the University of Guelph-Humber, was appointed as a candidate on Saturday for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario ahead of the provincial election this year.
Mr. Ellis was chosen to represent the right-wing party in Scarborough Southwest as part of a wave of those called to fill 11 provincial ridings that didn’t have nomination meetings scheduled before the June 7 election.
The Justice Studies head started his employment at Guelph-Humber in September of 2010 and ran in a prior election as a PC candidate in 2011, where he came a distant second behind Scarborough-Guildwood’s Liberal candidate.
“I am honoured to be selected as a candidate in this upcoming provincial election and look forward to continuing to serve the community and the people of the Province of Ontario,” Dr. Ellis told The Avro Post on Sunday morning, saying it was too early to say more.
Ellis is not the only candidate with ties to Guelph-Humber.
Fellow PC candidates Simmer Sandhu, a business alumnus from the university running in Brampton-East, and Kaleed Rasheed of Mississauga East-Cooksville, are also seeking election this summer.
Suze Morrison, a Guelph-Humber Media Studies graduate who specialized in public relations, is running in Toronto Centre for the Ontario New Democratic Party.
Mr. Sandhu was invited to a panel discussion at Humber College in March but cancelled last minute due to a “scheduling conflict”.
The Avro Post reached out for comment from all candidates with ties to the University of Guelph-Humber.
Ellis joins the Ford party
Eli Ridder | Analysis
Dr. Gary Ellis is joining a party that has survived allegations of sexual assault and nomination fraud via sheer perseverance and dedication to winning Queen’s Park this June.
“We are only 47 days away from defeating Kathleen Wynne’s government and giving Ontario the change it needs,” said PC Leader Doug Ford in a statement issued on Saturday afternoon.
It was only a short while ago that interim leader Vic Fedeli said the party was full of rot that needed to be cleared out before Ford, brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and a former city councillor, swept to a dramatic, and highly contested, victory in the leadership race.
Doug Ford replaced Patrick Brown after the former leader stepped down over allegations of sexual harassment earlier this year, anonymous accusations that have not been proven in court and that Mr. Brown vehemently denies.
Brown will not be running as a PC candidate for June 7 after being formally kicked from the party by its administration.
More details to follow. Image of Dr. Gary Ellis from social media.