PC party to select candidate today to run in provincial election

The youngest-ever member of Ontario's legislature is to find out tonight if he will represent the Progressive Conservatives in next year's provincial election.
   
19 year old Sam Oosterhoff was elected Nov. 17 in a byelection in Niagara West-Glanbrook, previously held by former party leader Tim Hudak.
   
He secured that nomination by defeating party president Rick Dykstra and regional councillor Tony Quirk, who is again challenging Oosterhoff for this nomination, despite having helped run the teen's byelection campaign.
   
PC party members in the new Niagara West riding, one of several being redistributed for 2018, will chose their candidate for the general election when they vote between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
   
Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has said he is supporting Oosterhoff, as he is backing all of his caucus members in any contested nomination battles.
   
Oosterhoff landed at the legislature making waves not only for being so young, but also for espousing social conservative views at a time when Brown was battling factions of party supporters and other members of his caucus in an effort to brand the Tories as inclusive and socially progressive.