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Former Conservative cabinet minister Guergis (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Former Conservative cabinet minister Guergis (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Guergis removed as candidate, CTV reports Add to ...

Embattled MP Helena Guergis has been bounced as the nominated candidate for Simcoe-Grey by the Conservative Party's National Council, CTV reports.

Ms. Guergis and her riding association learned about this decision Wednesday afternoon.

The council removed her as candidate because a federal election could be called any time, sources told CTV. If it is, the party needs to have nominated candidates in all 308 of its ridings.

In a letter sent earlier this week, the local Simcoe-Grey Conservative Riding Association asked the federal Conservatives not to interfere with their choice of nominee, as they hope to hold on to the seat in the Southern Ontario riding.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper booted Ms. Guergis from her status of women cabinet post last month after reports of serious allegations involving her and her husband, former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer.

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