A potential star Liberal candidate, Zach Paikin, has announced his decision to not run for the federal Liberal party because its leader, Justin Trudeau, broke a “key promise” to hold open nominations in federal ridings across the country. According to a written statement issued by Paikin on Monday, he mentioned that “I cannot, in good conscience, campaign to be a part of a team of candidates if others seeking to join that team are prevented from doing so if their ideas or ambitions run contrary to the party leader’s interest.”
The announcement is suspected to be triggered by the Liberal party blocking the candidacy of Christine Innes, who was allegedly seeking Liberal nomination for the Toronto-area riding of Trinity-Spadina. It is the same riding that was recently vacated by NDP MP Olivia Chow. According to party officials, the caucus decided to block Innes’s candidacy because her campaign was trying to bully and intimidate local Liberals into supporting her.