Nadine Wellwood Appealing Nomination Disqualification in Livingstone-Macleod By Party Elite
November 7, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On November 7th, 2022, I received a letter stating that the Party Candidate Selection Committee (PCSC) rejected my application based on a referral from the Executive Director of the UCP.
Please let it be known that it is my intention to appeal this decision. In fact, because of the tremendous support I have received from thousands of UCP members and residents alike over these last few weeks, I will be ramping up my efforts to meet with as many residents in the riding as possible in preparation for the 2023 General Election to represent Livingston-Macleod.
I began campaigning the day the nomination opened in Livingstone-Macleod on October 17th, 2022. Since then, I’ve spoked with thousands of local members who have pledged their support receiving triple the number required signatures to become a candidate while selling memberships across the riding.
On Tuesday, November 1st, while I was on my way to meet with the Local Candidate Nomination Committee, I happened to receive a call from a Senior Government Staffer that advised me that the Party had already decided I was to be disqualified before local members had a say. This was disappointing to say the least.
I met with the Local Candidate Nomination Committee that evening and following that meeting I was approved by the LCNC with unanimous support. The approval and support of grassroots members is important to me, and I would not be campaigning to represent the riding of Livingstone-Macleod without their efforts and encouragement.
As the Local Candidate Selection Committee for Livingstone-Macleod unanimously put forward my name in support of my nomination to become the Candidate on record, I believe that the Party Elite have over-reached their authority and this action itself threatens the integrity of the UCP by denying the grassroots members and their chosen local committee members the choice in who represents them in the Legislature.
I knew in putting forward my name as a nominee that the hardest part of the process would be to get past the gatekeepers installed by Jason Kenney. As some may be unaware, the Jason Kenney faction of the UCP board is still in place and making all Party decisions until the newly elected members are able to participate at the first UCP Executive Board Meeting later this month.
The reasoning given for my disqualification, most are conjecture, or a matter of personal opinion based off of social media posts I had interacted with, as little as a “like” or a retweet, in the past. Similar disqualifications were conducted under the previous UCP Leader, in ridings like Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre or Cardston-Siksika, to ensure a preferred candidate would be selected.
In closing, I believe that this decision should be overturned as it is a direct violation of a fair and just democracy and does not reflect a free election process. I will continue to meet with constituents, host events, and listen to the concerns of residents in the riding. Hundreds of new UCP members have already stepped forward in support of my nomination, and I will not withdraw my nomination or give up on their hope for a strong and principled voice that will represent their views and interests in the Legislature.
In Your Service,
Nadine Wellwood for Livingstone-Macleod
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