Liberal Association Exec’s Urge Trudeau Not to Block Interested Candidates

The federal Liberal association executives in the riding of Trinity-Spadina have pled the party leader, Justin Trudeau, to reverse the disqualification of a lawyer interested in becoming the party’s candidate in an upcoming by-election. According to a press release issued on Thursday by the riding association president, Julia Metus, she revealed to have requested to hold a meeting with Mr. Trudeau in order to try and convince him to review this decision.

In the statement issued after the riding executive held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night, Ms. Metus stated that “there was absolutely no due or fair process.” She reminded Mr. Trudeau to have promised to hold open nomination meetings in all ridings across Canada. However, two-time federal Liberal candidate in the Toronto constituency vacated last week after resignation of NDP MP Olivia Chow, Christine Innes, was told that she could not enter the nomination race because members of her team had bullied and intimidated young campaign workers.

However, Ms. Innes claims that she was disqualified because she refused to sign a form that dictated if she won the nomination and the by-election, she would have to allow party executives to determine the riding in which she would be the candidate in the 2015 general election.

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