Local mayor denies endorsing Conservative candidate

Kellie Leitch attributes mistake to 'significant miscommunication'

The campaign team for the Conservative candidate for Simcoe-Grey, Dr. Kellie Leitch, falsely claimed it had been endorsed by Wasaga Beach Mayor Cal Patterson in a letter to former party supporters. The letter, dated January 7, 2011, solicits voters to support Leitch’s candidacy and join the Conservative Party. “I am asking that you join with those listed on the enclosed page to help elect Kellie Leitch as Simcoe-Grey’s Member of Parliament,” the letter states. “I hope that Kellie and the team can count on your support.” Patterson has expressed his anger about the letter, saying he knew nothing about it and demanding an immediate retraction. Letich says that Patterson’s office sent her the signature, and apologized for what she called a “significant miscommunication.”

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