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Justin Trudeau, party brass set to gain more power over campaigns, policy under new proposed Liberal constitution

By Tim Naumetz      

The party’s current constitution, an 81-page book of bylaws, will be slimmed-down to only 17 pages in its proposed new form, which gives extended powers to Trudeau and top party executives.

Justin Trudeau after he won the leadership race in April 2013. The new Liberal constitution lists the party leader as the first title at the head of the list of the party’s executive, while the existing constitution only lists the leader as one of several “additional” voting members of the board, along with a representative from the caucus. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
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A ground-breaking new Liberal party constitution that would eliminate traditional party memberships and open the party’s doors to any person who signs up as a “Registered Liberal” also contains clauses that would give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and successive leaders unilateral power to appoint a new national election campaign committee, as well as additional  powers in other areas. The document, obtained by The Hill Times, also shows that Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) and his top backroom advisers, party brass

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