Johnson may still be in the race


Former Progressive Conservative candidate Tamara Johnson says she may throw her hat in the provincial election as a Libertarian candidate in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding.
Johnson, who was dumped by the PCs for refusing to stop voicing her personal opinions, said the Libertarian party won’t restrict her public comments.
“They contacted me a few months ago,” Johnson, 41, told The Chronicle-Journal.
“I was interested because they are very fiscally conservative, and for the most part I’ve always held conservative beliefs.”
Johnson said she had yet to file her papers with the riding’s electoral officer.
Johnson, a Thunder Bay retailer, has taken flak at her store and on social media for her views on how tax laws apply to reserves. She claims the laws result in cheaper gasoline and cigarettes on First Nations, hurting retailers operating off reserves.
“I’m not saying it’s right or wrong,” she said. “I’m saying it’s unfair.”
One of the written attacks against her was allegedly made by a provincial police officer. That matter is being investigated by the OPP's professional standards bureau.
If Johnson files her papers for the June 12 election, she will face incumbent Liberal MPP Michael Gravelle, NDP candidate Andrew Foulds and PC candidate Derek Parks.
The Libertarian party garnered 133 votes in the 2011 election in Thunder Bay-Superior North.