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Conservative nomination candidates see competitive race in chief government whip’s riding in Ajax

By Abbas Rana      

‘I wouldn’t want to be a Conservative running in Ajax’ in 2019, says chief government whip Mark Holland.

Paul Egli, former Ajax Conservative riding association president, left, is seeking his party’s nomination to succeed former Conservatives MP Chris Alexander who lost the 2015 election to Liberal MP Mark Holland. Two other candidates, not pictured, including Colin Hume and Nick Nikopoulos, are also planning to run for the nomination. As of last week, the Conservative Party had not set a nomination date. Photographs courtesy of Paul Egli, Chris Alexander's Twitter, and Hill Times file photo

Chief Government Whip Mark Holland won the 2015 election by a margin of more than 12,000 votes, but three Conservatives interested in seeking their party’s nomination still describe the federal riding of Ajax, Ont., as “winnable,” while the incumbent Liberal MP says he “wouldn’t run as a Conservative in Ajax” in 2019.

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