Liberals’ Candidate Denied Nomination, Innes, Refutes Accusations

The Toronto lawyer who was not allowed to participate in the Liberal nomination race in the riding of Trinity-Spadina has responded with harsh words, alleging that Liberal brass fabricated the evidence used to discredit her in a way that was both “intimidating and harmful.”

The two-time federal Liberal candidate in the Toronto constituency, Christine Innes, elaborately revealed her side of a story in a letter addressed to members of the riding executive on Sunday, which exposed infighting within a party trying to break free from an era of internecine warfare. In her letter, Ms. Innes stated that “we stand for inclusion not exclusion; unity not division. What has happened in recent days could not be more contrary to these values.” Liberal Leader, Justin Trudeau, made a promise earlier to hold open nomination meetings in all ridings across Canada. However, it seems highly unlikely that the promise is being kept, especially in places where competition is strong and where the party risks losing star candidates, like new MP Chrystia Freeland, in nomination battles.

In a statement issued by the son of television host Steve Paikin, Zach Paikin, on Monday, he announced to have decided not to seek Liberal nomination in the new riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas. He stated 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.” He added that “blocking nomination bids is what creates the party-wide toxicity we seek.”

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