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NDP Contender Considers Legal Action to Invalidate Adam Giambrone’s Nomination in Scarborough-Guildwood

Amarjeet Chhabra says she lost by four votes, and believes a dozen voters were ineligible.

Amarjeet and Adam

Adam Giambrone and Amarjeet Chhabra at a recent NDP dinner. Photo courtesy of the Scarborough Rouge River ONDP Riding Association

Amarjeet Kaur Chhabra, who lost a reportedly close NDP nomination race to Adam Giambrone in the riding of Scarborough-Guildwood, wants to know why 12 of the 32 voters in that nomination contest were not on party membership lists. Chhabra says she will take legal action to have the nomination process invalidated if she does not receive a response from the Ontario NDP by noon today.

In a letter sent Monday, Chhabra’s lawyer Paul-Erik Veel asks that the Ontario NDP immediately verify the eligibility of the voters in question. If the party cannot provide verification, Veel says Chhabra will pursue legal action, including “an urgent order invalidating the results of the Nomination Meeting and requiring such a meeting to be held again prior to the by-election.”

However, under Elections Ontario rules, today is the last day for a candidate to get on the ballot.


NDP Riding Association Questions Eligibility of Voters in Scarborough-Guildwood Nomination

Chhabra’s letter states that she lost the nomination to Giambrone by a vote of 18-14; NDP officials traditionally inform the candidates of the final vote count, but do not publicize it. When asked Wednesday by a National Post reporter, ONDP spokesman Michael Rosenstock refused to verify that the voters in question lived in the riding and had been members for 30 days, as ONDP rules say they must be in order to participate in a nomination vote.

The full letter to the ONDP (members of the press received copies of the letter with the names of the voters in question redacted):

Letter to Lawson July 17, 2013 Redacted by Torontoist


  • Incapacitated

    Just like Sarah Thomson, Giambrone was, is, and always will be a cheating loser.

    • dsmithhfx

      Condolences on your incapacitation. Is it permanent?

      • Incapacitated

        You’re just one creative guy.

        • dsmithhfx

          There are thousands of us!

          • Incapacitated

            Yeah, thousands of you who can’t sustain yourselves without grants. Real creative Mr. Smith.

          • dsmithhfx

            Never had one.

  • scottld

    He is free to run. Get over it. The issue is whether the nomination process was rigged.

    • dsmithhfx

      I suppose the fact the NDP could only muster 32 people to vote at a nomination meeting is also some kind of an issue.

      • scottld

        Actually it is not uncommon for nomination votes for any party to be a small number. Some riding associations for sitting members have only 30 or 40 members. Some have hundreds.

        • dsmithhfx

          Well. That explains a lot…

  • OgtheDim

    Yeah, that’s a problem.

  • andrew97

    Serious question: what is this really about? Because neither one of them was going to win the seat, either now or in a general election.

    • OgtheDim

      The perspectives seem to be

      a) rehabilitating Giambrone


      b) following the rules

      I find the whole thing rather slimey on the part of the ONDP.

      But then I’ve always found NDP politics above the riding level to be just as slimey as the other parties.

    • the_lemur

      What this is about is: Giambrone chaired the nominations committee and co-chaired the candidate search committee.

      He said he wasn’t running for any by-election nominations.

      He encouraged Chhabra to run.

      He then resigned from the latter committee, called Chhabra to say he was running after all, and won the nomination.

      All in the space of about two days.

  • Ethics

    Torontoist covers the by-elections: “Scarborough residents need to be concerned with NDP nomination process” “Etobicoke residents only have a choice between Liberals and PCs”

    I suppose this is what happens when your parent company donates to the Ontario Liberal party.

    • OgtheDim

      Says the person who only comes on here to complain about the coverage of Giambrone?!?!

      Do you think people on here are stupid and can’t see what you are doing?

      Until you comment about Giambrone’s and the ONDP’s perceived ethics on this, you will be perceived as an ONDP shill.

      And rightly so.

      • dsmithhfx

        I’m hoping it’s a freelancer. The po’ NDP star is falling quite fast enough without this kind of ‘help’…

    • TorontoistEditors

      I could point out that at no time has any person on the corporate side of St. Joseph Media given us any direction, implicit or explicit, as to the nature of our political coverage. In fact, I’ve never met or corresponded with Tony Gagliano in my life. You’d likely remain skeptical.

      So instead, let me point you to this: and this:

      We have, in fact, not endorsed the Liberals, provincially or federally, since Torontoist was acquired by St. Joseph Media. We did endorse a Liberal, George Smitherman, in the 2010 mayoral election. That was several months before St. Joseph acquired us.

  • andrew97

    This is Scarborough-Guildwood, yes? Not Scarborough-Rouge River. In S-G, the NDP typically finishes third with under 25% of the vote.

  • OgtheDim

    Read the article.

    Membership lists can not include anybody new within 30 days of the nomination date. As the resignation came within 30 days of the nomination night, no way anybody new should have been accepted.

    i.e. memberships can not explode

  • Rebecca Fine

    Seems like a major conflict of interest for the person in charge of the Candidate Selection Committee to suddenly step down at the last minute from a position of authority and then snatch the nomination himself.

  • Rebecca Fine

    LPC MP John MacKay actually narrowly won this riding federally in 2011.

  • vampchick21

    What do you expect from a city that voted in the Ford Variety Hour?