Today, Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion handed Martha Hall Findlay the safe Liberal riding of Willowdale to replace retiring MP Jim Peterson. As I said in December, even though I disagree with her ideas, I was quite impressed with Findlay as a candidate for Liberal leader.
Saying this, I believe that she could have fought and won a contested nomination campaign and a competitive riding.
This is also good for the Tories and NDP because it removes a competitive candidate from the field.
Today, Dion said:
“Martha, through her tireless traveling of our great country, first as a leadership candidate and now in her role as Platform Outreach Chair for the Liberal Party, has come to represent Liberal renewal.”
It is unfortunate that Liberal renewal doesn’t include a departure from appointed candidates.
In fact, the Liberal democratic body in charge of holding a nomination contest abdicated its duty enthusiastically:
“Our riding association overwhelmingly passed a motion requesting that Mr. Dion appoint Martha as our candidate,” said Willowdale Federal Liberal Riding Association President Joanne Pratt.
It’s too bad she’s not challenging Stronach’s nomination in Newmarket-Aurora.