Liberals to hold nominations for incumbent MPs in March, but Trudeau still has power to withhold endorsements

The federal Liberals are set to hold candidate nominations for incumbent MPs in March, the first of three phases of candidate selection across the country as the party begins laying ground for the next general election, The Hill Times has learned.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has promised to run open nominations, even in held ridings. But despite Mr. Trudeau’s promise to hold open nominations in every riding—and possibly because of concern from MPs—the party retained the leader’s ability to appoint candidates in selected electoral districts if necessary and also stated the leader reserved the right to withhold the endorsement of elected or acclaimed candidates under the authority that federal political party leaders have under the Canada Elections Act.The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED :Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 9:47 PM

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