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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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Thursday, August 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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