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Conservatives name Findlay new candidate for Delta-Richmond East
Kerry-Lynne Findlay has replaced Dale Saip as the new Conservative Party candidate for Delta-Richmond East.
Saip, chair of the Delta Board of Education, was asked to resign by the Conservatives last week after his past financial troubles came to light.
At the March 21 candidate nomination meeting, Saip finished with 78 votes, while second-place Findlay received 66 votes after four counts of the single-transferable ballots.
The snap election was called after longtime MP John Cummins announced he would not stand for re-election.
Just two days after Saip's win, court records of his past financial woes were dropped off anonymously at The Richmond Review's offices, a sister paper of the Leader.
They indicated Saip once filed for bankruptcy and on another occasion sought protection from his creditors.
Saip said his personal bankruptcy and issues with the Canada Revenue Agency have long ago been resolved.
And he disclosed all of that information to the party prior to receiving a waiver by the federal Conservatives that made him eligible at last Monday's constituency association nomination meeting.
It was revealed that Findlay also declared bankruptcy, in 2001, due in part to her legal fight with the federal government and Musqueam Indian Band over leaseholder compensation. She was not immediately available for comment.
The Vancouver lawyer was appointed to Queen's Council in 1999. She ran as the Canadian Alliance candidate in Vancouver-Quadra in the 2000 federal election, but lost to the Liberal candidate.
Stephen Harper's minority government fell on a non-confidence motion last Friday when MPs found the Tories in contempt of Parliament.
Canadians will go to the polls May 2.
—with files from Martin van den Hemel