Former federal cabinet minister Helena Guergis will appeal the Conservative party’s decision to remove her as a future nominee in her Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey. A letter from Guergis to Conservative party executive director Dan Hilton asks what she has done to justify her ouster. That “drastic measure,” according to Guergis, “defies the wishes of grassroots electors” in the local riding association. Guergis went on to say that she is confident that she has done nothing wrong and that she “will be exonerated of all the baseless accusations in the media.” Speaking from the Netherlands, Prime Minister Stephen Harper deflected questions on the subject: “In terms of the other issue and nominations, the party makes the decision about the nominations,” Harper said. The Conservative Party has not commented on the story.