The day after a court overturned the disqualification of Conservative Party leadership candidate Jim Karahalios, the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) disqualified Karahalios again for reasons that are not yet clear.
Jim Karahalios confirmed rumours of the disqualification directly to Rebel News.
According to the Ontario Justice on Wednesday, so long as Karahalios met the fundraising requirements, Karahalios would be considered “a Verified Leadership Candidate in good standing.”
In the 55 page judgement, released just after midnight on Wednesday, the Justice identifies leadership candidate Erin O’Toole as the reason for Karahalios’ initial ousting, saying that, “After receiving Mr. O’Toole’s complaint and after speaking to Mr. Karahalios, the CRO refused to advance Mr. Karahalios to the Authorized Contestant stage of the Leadership.”
That all changed when LEOC met today and once again threw Karahalios out of the race.
According to Karahalios, sections of the judicial ruling allowed LEOC to play “double jeopardy” and may have given them authority which they had not had originally.
In their statement banning one of the candidates on the unusually small roster, the LEOC said they "are looking forward to a competitive race ahead."