Mark Clairmont |

BRACEBRIDGE — Conservatives are lining up behind their candidates for the federal nomination race Sunday July 7.

The afternoon vote at the Bracebridge Sportplex starts with speeches at 1 p.m.

The ranked voting will begin at 2 p.m.

Results will be announced later in the afternoon.

Leading candidate Scott Aitchison says he feels “pretty good” about winning.

Conservative nomination candidate Scott Aitchison says fixing climate change takes more investment in cleaner technology, not taxing people.

The mayor of Huntsville appeared confident last week, as he met with provincial Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark in Bracebridge for flood assistance announcement.

And again later at the Muskoka Airport in Gravenhurst with Ford government Minister of Tourism and Culture Lisa MacLeod.

Aitchison said local housing would be one of his priorities if he wins the nomination.

And when asked by about a recent tweet he re-forwarded regarding a CBC News newletter that asked: ‘How effective is carbon capture technology?, Aitchison said he said “You don’t have to have a carbon tax….

“Don’t just tax people,” he said, adding “you have to invest in new, cleaner technology.”

The nomination winner will run in the Oct. 21 national election as the Conservative Part of Canada rep for Parry Sound-Muskoka.

And that person will replace Independent MP Tony Clement, who was the Tory member before deciding this spring not to run after being tossed out the of the party in a sexting scandal.

Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark, left, chats with Scott Aitchison last week before the province announced extra funding for municipalities to recover and rebouild from the recent spring flooding in Muskoka.