I have been watching the various conservative boards, and I noticed this on FreeDominion, posted by a regional director for the Ontario Landowners:
Shawn Carmichael Stands Tall in Leeds-Grenville
Shawn Carmichael proudly represented himself and and fellow Landowners in the PC Party nomination race to become the PC candidate for the riding of Leeds-Grenville on saturday. He dressed well, spoke well, and presented the OLA's philosophical and policy positions on what government should be in a most professional and articulate manner. He was the most impressive of the three candidates that were in the race.
Alas, Shawn was not the candidate favoured by the Leeds-Grenville PC Riding Association and democracy was not served in spite of his obviously superior qualities. Shawn had the courage to try to seize the opportunity to do what was right. He demonstrated integrity and character and a sincere interest in the betterment of community.
This week the Leeds-Grenville Landowners Association grew a little bit bigger, a little bit better and gained huge credibility.
On behalf of the Ontario Landowners Association, I would like to say thank you to Shawn Carmichael and the Leeds-Grenville Landowners Association. You did us all proud!
Jack MacLaren - president - Ontario Landowners Association 613 832 3201
Make of this what you will. Some speculation says that Carmichael was disqualified on a technicality, and knowing the OLA, they tend not to look so kindly on letting little things like administrative rules get in the way of proving a political point, so talk of them potentially running or backing a run by a like-minded candidate in the by-election at this point seems very much alive.