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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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Friday, March 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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