Red Tory fired from downtown Toronto electoral race

    "Federal Conservative Party has no interest in engaging with urban

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Today, after ten months of campaigning, Mark
Warner, the Federal Conservative Candidate for Toronto Centre, withdrew as the
Conservative Candidate for Toronto Centre in the upcoming Federal
    Over the objections of leaders of the Toronto Centre riding association
Mr. Warner was removed by the Party's National Campaign Manager, Doug Finley,
and its National Council President Don Plett, of Landmark Manitoba for trying
to tailor the Party's message to be relevant to Toronto Centre. Mr. Warner
said that "this decision made no sense" and explained that "every brand
manager knows that even McDonald's serves lobster rolls in Nova Scotia and
beer in France!"
    One of a growing number of former Progressive Conservative candidates to
be removed, Mr. Warner said that he "fought this arbitrary process to the end
because of its importance to my supporters and volunteers in the Toronto
Centre Riding Association and to the voters and community at large."
    An international lawyer who has worked around the world and holds Masters
degrees in both law and economics, Mr. Warner expressed his disappointment.
    Mr. Warner stated that while he expected the fight in Toronto Centre to
be tough against his high-profile Liberal opponent, he never expected that he
would be forced to spend so much of his energy campaigning against his own
party's lack of interest in winning in Toronto Centre, and dealing with his
own Party's increasingly well-publicized "micro-management from a distance" as
he attempted to "strengthen the urban voice that has been regrettably absent
from our current national government."
    "I joined the Party when Brian Mulroney was the strongest voice for
Nelson Mandela's freedom. Unfortunately, I have found that the Conservative
Party today, by its actions, is not the inclusive Party that I once believed
in. The Conservative Party today cynically pays "lip service" to diversity and
outreach to minority communities in Canada."
    Mr. Warner went on to express "his sincerest gratitude to all those who
have volunteered and offered their support and encouragement since we began
this journey in February. "I trust that they will exercise their vote
accordingly to ensure that they obtain the best federal representation
possible in the riding's next election."

For further information:

For further information: Mark Warner,, Email:, Tel.: (416) 929-6640, Tel.: (416) 274-5957

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