The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario will nominate a Markham-Unionville candidate on April 29, for the 2018 provincial election in June, but there will be one less contender than expected. Regional Councillor Joe Li is pulling out of the race days before the vote takes place.
“After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to proceed with my PC nomination candidacy in the riding of Markham-Unionville,” he said. “I am very humbled by the overwhelming support of those who endorsed my candidacy. In the end, after consultation with family, friends and community leaders, I feel I can better serve our community by continuing my current capacity at the municipal level moving on. This decision was not easy, but it was one I have to make due to a number of circumstances in personal, community and partisan levels.
“As a 30-year, staunch Conservative, I will remain committed to our movement. I wish the fellow candidates in this nomination race all the very best. I look forward to continue working with my provincial counterparts for the betterment of our community.”
The Markham-Unionville nomination voting takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 29, at Hilton Markham Suites. Potential candidates include Charles Jiang, Andrew Keyes and Billy Pang.