前总理办公室高级助理伍凤仪在无任何根基的Markham Thornhill选区发起候选提名战，再度引起对联邦自由党空降候选人之争议。Bob Mok撰文表示，选民默认党部指定候选人只会助长这一有违民主进程的选举方式。读者如欲参照本系列前文，可点击http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/659051。
The Liberals’ practice of parachuting start candidates has sparked a new wave of controversy as Mary Ng, a former PMO top aide waged a nomination battle in Markham Thornhill riding where she has no grassroots. But voters rubber-stamping of anointed candidate can only encourage the undemocratic process, writes Bob Mok. To access his previous articles in the series, please refer to http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/659051
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a promoter of transparency during the last Federal Election declaring that “sunshine is the world's best disinfectant” but his recent actions are obvious departures from those announced principles. His latest episodes with “cash-for-access fundraising” , “Bahamas vacation with registered lobbyist”, and his current involvement in the April by-elections certainly expose his hypocrisies.
Trudeau was associated with the “Parachuting” of Mary Ng, the Director of Appointments from his office into the Markham-Thornhill riding. He also played a key role in blocking the nomination of a long-time mayor in the Montreal riding of St-Laurent.
These actions have reignited concerns among Liberals candidates and their supporters about the state of internal democracy within the party. Holding open nominations, instead of directly appointing candidates has been a key element of Justin Trudeau's efforts to attract fresh blood to the party since his election as Liberal Leader in 2013.
There is a long history of “parachuting” Liberal candidates into riding strongholds and I have given examples in my previous article. I did not mention the outgoing MP John McCallum was first parachuted into the riding of Markham in the year 2000 Federal Election. Markham-Thornhill riding is derived from Markham-Unionville which was spawned out of Markham. All these ridings have large Chinese populations and many local Chinese nominees were denied the chances to represent the constituency over the last two decades since incumbents like John are exempted from Candidacy races.
The latest charade of nomination contest took place in Markham-Thornhill served as an embarrassment to the Liberal Party. Two nominees dropped out when the effective membership dates were retroactively cut-off, rendering their thousands of signed-up memberships useless. A fringe nominee who declared he might run as an independent candidate remained in the race with Mary Ng to prevent an acclamation. This move was seen by many as a safe-guarding measure by the Liberal Party to ensure a nomination victory by its “parachuting” Candidate Mary Ng.
More disheartening is the fact that many of the Chinese candidates and others may have “received” the “anointing candidate” message from the party and disengaged themselves from their nomination activities immediately. It is speculated, without proof, that they either received promises or were afraid of repercussions if they moved forward and went through with their nominations. Instead, they quickly endorsed the appointed candidate and abandoned their own campaigns, much to the chagrins and disappointments of their supporters.
On April 3, Markham-Thornhill Liberal voters have a choice to make. Do they want to vote blindly for a candidate who has no grassroots in their community and whose familiarity with it is declared as “eating in many of Markham's restaurants” and perpetuate the fallacy that whatever the party dictates is correct? The voters should say “NO” to rubber-stamping of the Party's anointed candidate. They should not follow the Party's orders and rush off the cliff like lemmings without exercising their own thoughts. They should contact party officials and demand to reform the process for future nominations. They can also decide to stay home and abstain from voting this time in order express their displeasure and to send a strong message to the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau.
The abuse of the political nomination process must stop and open participation must be restored. Voters can all be part of this historical movement if only they will take a first step to correct it.
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