The independent MP for Simcoe-Grey

In late breaking news this evening, CTV reports the Conservative party has officially dropped Helena Guergis as its candidate for Simcoe-Grey.

She was informed of the decision Wednesday afternoon, as was her riding association, CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife reported.

Sources told CTV News that Guergis was removed as a candidate because Conservatives are concerned an election could be called at any moment, and they need to have nominated candidates in all 308 ridings.