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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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Sunday, May 24, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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