Zach Paikin out of the running prompts scrutiny of political party nominations

Candidate Zach Paikin removed himself out of the nomination process in the riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster Dundas on Monday. He says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has broken his promise to hold open nominations to find Liberal candidates for the 2015 federal election. (Kent Kuran photo)

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Two years ago, Zach Paikin was full of ambition for a renewed Liberal Party. Today, he's a would-be candidate who has pulled himself out-of-the-running, unhappy with the party's nomination process. As the clock ticks toward a 2015 federal election with hundreds of ridings altered through new boundaries, the "openness" of other political party nominations is under scrutiny.

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is launching a pre-emptive strike to prevent federal Liberals from using
upcoming nomination contests to resume the toxic infighting that almost destroyed the party. CP/Chris Young


"We have committed that in the next election every single riding will have open nominations. 338 ridings across this country including my own riding of Papineau, although i don't recommend anyone tries to take me on."

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau

Perhaps no one will take on Justin Trudeau in Papineau, but he is being challenged about that commitment to make the party more democratic. Liberal Zach Paikin removed himself from the nomination process in the Ontario riding of Hamilton West--Ancaster--Dundas, after what he calls . He says it's Mr's Trudeau's interference in blocking the nomination of another candidate, Christine Innes, in a Toronto riding.

The co-chair of the Ontario Federal Liberal Party campaign, David MacNaughton says Ms. Innes was blocked because her campaign workers intimidated volunteers for another rival candidate. It's a charge she denies.

Two years ago Zach Paikin ran to become the Liberal party's national policy chair. Two days ago, he removed himself from the running for Liberal candidate. He joined us in our Toronto studio.

Today on the show Paikin stepped back from speaking out against Trudeau.
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We did put in a request to speak to someone at the Liberal Party of Canada however no one was made available.


All three major political parties promise open nominations in all ridings ahead of next year's election. The fine print here is the word: "Open".

  • Jennifer Ditchburn is senior parliamentary correspondent for the Canadian Press. She was in Ottawa.

  • Kelly Blidook is an associate professor of political science at Memorial University. He was in St. John's.

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