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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks about the Senate and Liberal senators during an announcement in the Foyer of the House of Commons Wednesday January 29, 2014 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks about the Senate and Liberal senators during an announcement in the Foyer of the House of Commons Wednesday January 29, 2014 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Trudeau’s broken promise on open nominations has given him more power

Justin Trudeau has just broken his promise to hold open nomination contests, and it will only strengthen his control over his party.

Nominations are part of the power relationship leaders have with their party. Influence over who can run for the party is influence over the party. So despite pledges that they will hold open, contested races, leaders find it hard to completely resist the urge to control them.