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Former MPs say manipulation of nomination races huge problem in politics

It costs up to $90,000 to run a viable nomination campaign for any major political party in urban centres like Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, or Montreal: former Liberal MP.

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Former Liberals MPs Bonnie Brown, Pat O'Brien, and Carolyn Parrish all had complaints about the nomination process.

Despite public statements by leaders of the major political parties to hold open and transparent nomination contests, a significant number of them are “scary,” “frightening,” “devastating,” “undemocratic” and expensive, with party establishments using all kinds of tricks behind the scenes to choose their preferred candidates, say former MPs.

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Former MPs say manipulation of nomination races huge problem in politics

It costs up to $90,000 to run a viable nomination campaign for any major political party in urban centres like Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, or Montreal: former Liberal MP.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Former Liberals MPs Bonnie Brown, Pat O'Brien, and Carolyn Parrish all had complaints about the nomination process.

Despite public statements by leaders of the major political parties to hold open and transparent nomination contests, a significant number of them are “scary,” “frightening,” “devastating,” “undemocratic” and expensive, with party establishments using all kinds of tricks behind the scenes to choose their preferred candidates, say former MPs.

  

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Saturday, March 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2015 - Day 2 panels March 27, 2015

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Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd, Working Families Party co-chair Bob Master, CCPA-Ontario economist Kaylie Tiessen and Canadian Labour Congress political action director Nathan Rotman on a panel discussing "why unions can lead the progressive fight."

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Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd

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Working Families party co-chair Bob Master

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Brian Topp and David Akin

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The packed room at the "Fighting the Frame: How Progressives Can Win Back the Debate" panel discussion.

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Summa Strategies' Tim Powers.

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Tasha Kheiriddin and Tim Powers.

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David Akin and Anna Greenberg.

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The NDP's Rebecca Blaikie and Anne McGrath.

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people

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Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian spoke about feminism 3.0 and online harassment.

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Indigenous rights activist and instructor at University of Winnipeg Leah Gazan
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Quebec activist Dalila Awada

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