FORD PCs PICK LINDSEY PARK'S REPLACEMENT AS TORY CANDIDATE IN DURHAM
Dec 17, 2021
By Bob Komsic
The provincial Conservative candidate, who’ll be knocking on doors in Durham next spring is a long-time law partner of Health Minister Christine Elliott, who was also close to her late husband Jim Flaherty.
Todd McCarthy is vaccinated, unlike Lindsey Park, who now sits as an Independent MPP.
“I am incredibly honoured to join Doug Ford and the entire PC team who are working hard to protect our progress and will build the best Ontario for our families and future generations,” McCarthy said in a statement.
In 2017, McCarthy stepped aside as the nominated candidate in Ajax to permit Rod Phillips to run in the riding.
Park resigned from the PC caucus in October after being demoted as the attorney general’s parliamentary assistant for ”misrepresenting her vaccination status.”
The government said she’d made ”an error in judgment” after promising to follow the party line and be fully vaccinated unless granted a valid medical exemption.
After it surfaced Park was unvaccinated, she said she’d received an exemption because of a severe allergic reaction to a previous flu shot.
Under strengthened government vaccination guidelines, a doctor’s note must now to taken to a local public health unit for validation.
Park plans to seek a second term in the June election.