EDMONTON – The Conservative Party of Canada has disqualified David Xiao’s nomination bid for Edmonton-West.
“It is with deep disappointment that I learned via e-mail that the Conservative Party of Canada has rejected my nomination as a candidate for the Conservative nomination of Edmonton West,” said David Xiao in a statement.
“No reasons were provided to me as to why my nomination was not accepted.”
Read the full statement from David Xiao below.
The Edmonton MLA announced in March he planned to seek the federal nomination in the new riding of Edmonton-West.
That announcement was attended by seven other MLAs who showed their support, including Steve Young and Peter Sandhu.
Former Edmonton mayor, Stephen Mandel, was also in attendance.
Xiao has been an MLA since 2008.
He said he knocked on thousands of doors and signed up over 1,700 individuals to become party members. Xiao said he completed an application that “provided full disclosure of his professional and personal history, and hand delivered it to Ottawa.”
Xiao said he would appeal the selection committee decision. If the appeal fails, he said he’ll continue to serve as an MLA.
“Even if I am not allowed to pursue a seat as a Conservative MP I will continue to work hard and serve my constituents in Edmonton-McClung with my usual dedication and enthusiasm,” he said. “There is much work to be done and the contact I have had with my constituents will continue to be of great value as I fulfill my responsibilities as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-McClung.”