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Liberals trigger ‘national electoral urgency’ clause that allows party to bypass nomination rules, 10 weeks from election

By Abbas Rana      

Some potential candidates say they're concerned the party could use the 'electoral urgency' provision to play around with the rules in order to get their preferred candidates nominated, especially in winnable ridings.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured July 31, 2019. The Liberals have declared 'electoral urgency' across the country, for the candidate nomination process. As of last week, Liberals had nominated 235 candidates while the Conservatives had nominated 327 of the 338 candidates. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With the next federal election only 10 weeks away and about 100 ridings without nominated candidates, the federal Liberals have triggered a “national electoral urgency” clause that allows the party to bypass the nomination process and appoint candidates directly, making some would-be candidates nervous they might not get a fair shot in the nomination contests.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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