The first federal Liberal nominations for the October 2019 election will begin next week, with Trudeau scheduled to be present for the ribbon-cutting.
The party is reportedly trying to rush through as many nominations this summer, at “a very quick pace” according to a party spokesperson. It has decided to ban nomination contests in most ridings, including for every incumbent who meets the following conditions:
- Participated in two or more “voter contact day of action” events in the last 12 months
- Recorded 3500 doors knocked or 5000 phone calls made
- Fundraised at least half of the riding expenses limit
- Provide a written plan for raising the rest of the funds required to reach the expenses limit
- Signed up at least 30 new monthly donors
- Collect 150 nomination signatures from local party members
For the minority of ridings that will allow a nomination race, they will need to have a documented and thorough search for female candidates.
In addition, riding associations who have not fulfilled the following criteria are liable to have a candidate parachuted in from Party HQ, although it is unclear whether fulfilling this criteria will guarantee a fair nomination process:
- Fundraise at least 15% of the expenses limit
- Have records of 150 or more registered local members
- Sign up at least 15 new monthly donors
Nomination races across Canada are frequently subject to controversy, and a battle ground between the grassroots and the central party.
The Liberal Party of Canada is flexing its muscles and showing its local activists who is really in charge.