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PC party won't hold new nomination in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

The Ontario PC party will hold new nominations in a pair of ridings, but Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas isn't one of them.
Patrick Brown cuts a cake alongside Vikram Singh at a fundraising dinner held by Singh's family on Dec. 28, 2016. Singh went on to launch a court challenge after he alleged party officials stuffed the ballot boxes at an Ancaster nomination meeting. The party's nominating committee said Friday that Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas is not among the ridings that will have new nomination meetings. (Patrick Brown/Twitter)

The Ontario PC party will hold new nominations in a pair of ridings, but Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas isn't one of them.

In a statement Friday, the party's provincial nomination committee ordered new nominations "only" in Ottawa West-Nepean and Scarborough Centre.

That bypasses the west Hamilton riding where police are investigating potential criminal wrongdoing at a May 4 nomination meeting in Ancaster. Ontario's Ministry of Attorney General has also referred the case to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to avoid any appearance of political interference.

At that meeting, would-be candidates Ben Levitt, Vikram Singh, Jeff Peller and Jobson Easow vied for the nomination. Singh and Peller both alleged the party stuffed the ballot boxes so Levitt would win.

Both requested the party review the nomination, but then-leader Patrick Brown certified all candidates nominated so far, including Levitt.

Singh and Peller also asked Ontario courts for a judicial review. Peller dropped his case last year, and Singh in January after he was ordered to pay about $180,000 in court costs to the party.