The Liberal candidate for Newmarket-Aurora, former banker Tony Van Bynen, signed the nomination papers of Andrew McCaughtrie, the candidate for the People’s Party of Canada.
Why did Van Bynen do this?
Did he approach McCaughtrie or did McCaughtrie approach him?
Was he just being neighbourly?
After all, Van Bynen struggled to get the 150 names required to submit a valid nomination as the Liberal candidate and he may have felt sorry for McCaughtrie.
But who knows?
Someone should ask him.
The Dark Arts of Politics
On the other hand Van Bynen may have been practising the dark arts of politics. Getting a rival nominated who will bleed votes away from the Conservatives, increasing the chances of a Liberal victory.
People's Party votes could make the difference
In its latest projection 338canada.com gives the People’s Party of Canada just under 2% of the vote in Newmarket-Aurora. A small sliver of support but enough to make a difference in a very tight race.
But this latest revelation gets me thinking.
Has Van Bynen signed nomination papers for Conservative candidates in the past?
Do I really have to check?
Update at 8:46am on Wednesday 9 October 2019: I now established that it not possible to view or obtain a copy of the nomination papers from a previous election. There is, therefore, no way of knowing if Van Bynen has previously signed the nomination papers of candidates running against the Liberals.