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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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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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Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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