9 p.m., Nov. 16)
petition launched in attempt to reinstate Bertschi nomination
By Fred Sherwin
Bertschi has launched an online petition to
try and rally support to have his nomination
candidacy reinstated. File photo
of ousted Liberal nomination hopeful David Bertschi are
taking to the Internet and social media to try and convince
the Liberal Party leadership to allow the nomination process
to go ahead with him on the ballot.
the centre of the reinstatement campaign is an online
petition which was launched on Sunday afternoon. Within
four hours more than 100 people had added their names
to the list.
preamble introducing the petition states: "We Liberals
have a proud tradition of democratic process within the
party. Liberal leaders do not impose their choices on
the riding associations. Rather, every Liberal in the
riding, without regard to where their family comes from
or how they worship, may participate in picking their
issued a statement on his website and Facebook page shortly
after the petition was launched. In it, he confirms that
he received a letter national Liberal Party co-chairs
Katie Telford and Dan Gagnier last week, stating that
his candidacy for the nomination had been revoked. By
doing so, the CO-chairs and by extension the party, have
paved the way for the only other candidate, retired general
and Justin Trudeau confidante Andrew Leslie, to win the
than outline the reasons given for the decision to revoke
his candidacy, Bertschi writes that there were "a
number of reasons, none of which are true".
to a report in the weekend edition of the Ottawa Citizen,
the Liberal Party allegedly revoked Bertschi's candidacy
because he has yet to fully pay off the $150,000 debt
he incurred during party's leadership race.
this year, the Liberal Party issued a directive that no
one could seek a nomination as long as they had outstanding
debt from previous Liberal leadership contests. The position
was later clarified to allow Liberal leadership candidates
the opportunity to bring their outstanding debt to less
than $100,000 with a plan to eliminate it entirely.
filing his nomination papers in the spring Bertschi had
paid back more than $60,000, bringing his debt to under
$92,000. He has since paid back another $40,000 in accordance
with a debt repayment plan accepted by the green light
committee in May, however, close to $50,000 remains outstanding.
the statement released on his website, Bertschi says that
the decision to revoke his candidacy was "purely
political" and that it came "directly from the
also states that after receiving the letter, he sent a
response to its authors asking for a meeting to clear
up the facts, but that his request has so far gone unanswered.
the spirit of diplomacy and for the good of our riding
and the party, we sent a responding letter clearing up
the facts and we requested to talk this through. However,
so far our letters, our calls and frankly the truth have
been ignore," Bertschi writes.
then makes an argument based on the Liberal Party's "proud
tradition of democratic process" to have his candidacy
reinstated. He closes by stating, "We urge all of
you, irrespective of who you support to make it clear
to the Liberal Party of Canada that you want the Liberals
of Orléans to pick the next candidate based on
number of the people who have so far added their names
to the online petition are clearly upset. Some are threatening
to tear up their Liberal Party memberships, while others
say they plan to vote for the Conservatives or the NDP
in the next election if Bertschi isn't reinstated.
is just one example written Joan Paquette from Orléans;
"I've been voting Liberal for 62 years now. If we
don't get an open nomination here, I will vote conservative
for the first time."
another from Stanley Paul -- "We the Liberal faithful
have been lied to by our own leader. If David Bertschi
does not get reinstated I will once again be pushed away
from this party and I will work diligently to ensure candidate
appointee does not win the next election."
has been the face of the Liberal Party in Ottawa-Orléans
for the past five years. He has built up a network of
grassroots supporters largely on his own and he has raised
tens of thousands of dollars for the local Liberal war
the Liberal Party leadership sticks to its guns in disqualifying
Bertschi and paving the way for Leslie, they risk losing
a large segment of support which only benefit the chance
of Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau getting elected
to a fourth term.
can view the online petition at https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-reinstate-an-open-
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