Thursday, December 01, 2005

Uproar at Ignatieff nomination meeting

The Liberal's star candidate is getting a rocky start because of the Party's highhanded tactics of parachuting him in to a riding considered safe.

Last night he was booed loudly at the nomination meeting in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding. Other candidates had their their applications ruled ineligible by the Liberals, even though their paperwork was in order. An appeal was made, but the Party did not adjourn the meeting, saying they would deal with the appeal later.

Interestingly, Liberal rules state that a candidate must be ordinarily resident in Canada. This hardly applies to Ignatieff, who has spent decades as a Harvard scholar.

His support for the Iraq war and derogatory comments toward Ukrainians are hardly helpful to his cause in Toronto either.

This is a shame, because Ignatieff is a good candidate. However, he should have to go through the same process as everyone else, and voters should not have their democracy trampled on just because the Liberals want a star candidate.

National Post report.

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