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Liberals to hold nominations for incumbent MPs in March, but Trudeau still has power to withhold endorsements

The federal Liberals are set to hold candidate nominations for incumbent MPs in March, the first of three phases of candidate selection across the country as the party begins laying ground for the next general election, The Hill Times has learned.

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has promised to run open nominations, even in held ridings. But despite Mr. Trudeau’s promise to hold open nominations in every riding—and possibly because of concern from MPs—the party retained the leader’s ability to appoint candidates in selected electoral districts if necessary and also stated the leader reserved the right to withhold the endorsement of elected or acclaimed candidates under the authority that federal political party leaders have under the Canada Elections Act.

 

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Liberals to hold nominations for incumbent MPs in March, but Trudeau still has power to withhold endorsements

The federal Liberals are set to hold candidate nominations for incumbent MPs in March, the first of three phases of candidate selection across the country as the party begins laying ground for the next general election, The Hill Times has learned.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has promised to run open nominations, even in held ridings. But despite Mr. Trudeau’s promise to hold open nominations in every riding—and possibly because of concern from MPs—the party retained the leader’s ability to appoint candidates in selected electoral districts if necessary and also stated the leader reserved the right to withhold the endorsement of elected or acclaimed candidates under the authority that federal political party leaders have under the Canada Elections Act.

 

  

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Monday, March 2, 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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