Geng Tan's decision of not to seek re-election for the Liberal MP has led to a hotly contested nomination race in Don Valley North. Several contestants from the Chinese community have registered as candidates for the nomination race in the riding.
However, as the candidates' campaign was about to its final stage, the Liberal Party of Canada has declared the Don Valley North riding in the state of "electoral urgency." The declaration, which allows the party's leadership to bypass the standard nomination procedure, would pave the way for the party's preferred candidate to get nominated.
2014年，在国会议员邹至蕙辞职而角逐市长之后，自由党曾宣布Trinity Spadina选区进入“选举紧急状态”。自由党的这一决定是为确保其一贯看好的明星候选人亚当•沃恩（Adam Vaughan）能获得提名。在两名候选人宣布退出后，沃恩轻而易举地拿下提名赛。退出提名赛的候选人之一Ryan Davey当时声称该党创造了一个有利于沃恩的不公平竞争环境。 “这个提名过程其实就是赤裸裸的任命。”他说。
In 2014, the Liberal Party declared Trinity Spadina riding in a state of electoral urgency after a seat left vacant by Olivia Chow, who stepped down as the riding MP to run for Toronto Mayor. The party made the declaration to ensure the nomination of the Liberals' star candidate Adam Vaughan – who has been courted by the Liberals' for months. Vaughan easily won the nomination battle after two candidates withdrew the race. Ryan Davey, one of the candidates who quit the race, alleged that the party had created an unfair competition environment that was in favor of Vaughan. "This nomination process has been a de facto appointment," said he.
Rumors are floating around that the Liberals, which declared the riding an electoral urgency, intended to appoint David Caplan, a former Liberal MPP, as the federal nominee for Don Valley North. The party is reportedly considering appointing another candidate after Caplan's tragic death. The Liberal Party of Canada neither denied nor confirmed the rumor in its email to Chinese News.
"The Liberal Party of Canada is being approached by a variety of talented community leaders interested in becoming the Team Trudeau candidate in Don Valley North…Liberal candidates and campaigns will be highlighting Justin Trudeau's positive plan to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and make life better for Ontario families," read the email.
However, the Liberal nominee should also reflect the riding's demographic diversity (women and minority) and inclusiveness – a mantra chanted as liberal party's strength. The practice of appointing candidates has sparked a backlash from a recent study.
New research by the Toronto-based Samara Centre for Democracy reveals a growing trend that party candidates get nominated through appointment and without a contest. Statistically, just 17% of candidates won a competitive nomination race in the past five federal elections. In particular, the study suggests appointed candidates were less likely to be a woman, from visible-minority or Indigenous backgrounds.
Appointing candidate for a party nominee not only lacks transparency and competitiveness but is also incredibly unfair for other candidates who are running an active grassroots campaign. The accusation of "stacking the deck" to get Vaughan nominated had left Trudeau's credibility under fire.
Voters do have a stake in how the party runs their internal affairs, said Michael Morden, the director of research at Samara. But he said most Canadians have little access to or ability to scrutinize the "black box" of party nominations, which has profound consequences for Canadian democracy.
Currently, in Don Valley North – the riding declared “electoral urgency,” several candidates are running a very active and successful campaign by engaging voters in this multicultural community through social media and door-to-door canvassing. Many voters are supportive of this healthy, democratic practice.
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