Jack’s Landowner Association colleague at Queen’s Park, Randy Hillier, has been an outspoken supporter of raw milk legalization, even putting forth a private members’ bill to that effect. Liberal pundits have taken note of what they see as an alarming trend towards what they’re calling extremism within the provincial Progressive Conservative party, which they say the increasing influence and presence of the Landowner candidates is an indication of.
“Norm Sterling, a veteran Progressive Conservative MPP and former cabinet minister, has been bounced as an Ottawa-area candidate for his party in Ontario’s fall election.
Sterling, whose 34-year career at Queen’s Park began when Bill Davis was premier, lost a tense nomination battle Thursday night in the riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills to Ontario Landowners Association activist and cash-crop farmer Jack MacLaren after ballots were tallied in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata.
It had been a tight race that caught the attention of politicos of all stripes at Queen’s Park because MacLaren had the backing of Conservative MPP Randy Hillier, who is considered a renegade by some colleagues and has also been active in the landowners association that sometimes favoured radical means to push its agenda of rural and property rights.
PC Leader Tim Hudak congratulated MacLaren for his victory in the party’s open nomination process — which allows sitting MPPs to be challenged — and paid tribute to Sterling, who had been endorsed by former premier Mike Harris in the last few days leading to the vote….”