The Jason Kenney Campaign says it is disappointed, but will accept the ruling of the PC board of directors.
The board ruled that Kenney shouldn’t have showed up to the delegate selection meeting last Wednesday, or had a room rented in the same building under his campaign’s name.
In a statement, his campaign says it “repeatedly sought clarification of the vague rules” around candidates being near delegate selection meetings, but didn’t get any.
PC Party President Katherine O’Neill told 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen the board felt the rules were made clear.
“The Kenney camp had requested clarification, but not asking ‘is it fifty feet?’ or anything like that, and we responded with clarification. Also, I was on site the night of last Wednesday and gave verbal communication that that meant that the candidate was not allowed inside the building.”
O’Neill said the rules around delegate selection were made to rebuild trust in the party, but unfortunately the first meeting didn’t run the way they wanted.
“We want to send a clear message that there’s very high expectations, that the integrity of the process is such that when we get down to March 18th in Calgary that no one will question how we got there.”
Kenney has to pay $5,000. A date for another delegate selection meeting has not been set. (kdr)