Moose Jaw riding up in the air despite acclamation

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The Conservative nomination for the newly-drawn riding of Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan may be contested in spite of an acclamation.

On Friday morning, the riding's Electoral District Association (EDA) announced that Tom Lukiwski, MP of the dissolving Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre riding, had been named the Conservative Party's candidate for 2015 due to an absence of opponents.

"The deadline for filing nomination papers with our EDA was May 29," said Jan Day, president of the EDA, in a release. "By that date, only Mr. Lukiwski's papers had been received. I am therefore pleased to welcome (him) as our candidate."

However, a spokesperson for Fraser Tolmie, a former Moose Jaw mayoral candidate, said that Tolmie was seeking the nomination himself but "irregularities throughout the process" had stymied his bid.

"We have been working with party officials to have our concerns addressed," the spokesperson told the Times-Herald in a statement. "We are confident the Conservative Party will do the right thing — hit the reset button and conduct a fair, open and transparent process.

"Fraser looks forward to challenging for the nomination in the new riding," the spokesperson added.

The Times-Herald will have more on this story as it develops.

Organizations: Electoral District Association, Conservative Party, The Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Lake Centre

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