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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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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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Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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