Adam Vaughan will represent the Liberals in the riding of Trinity-Spadina in an upcoming federal byelection.
The city councillor locked up the nomination for the Toronto riding Saturday afternoon, over Scott Bowman who has worked as an aide to Liberal MPPs. Christine Tabbert withdrew her bid for the nomination this week to co-chair Vaughan’s campaign.
Trinity-Spadina is up for grabs since Olivia Chow abandoned her seat to run for mayor of Toronto. Vaughan will go toe-to-toe with New Democrat Joe Cressy in a byelection for which a date has not been set.
Vaughan's push for candidacy was viewed by as "a de facto appointment", by former contender Ryan Davey, the riding association's vice president. Davey dropped out of the contest earlier this week.
"As part of a renewed Liberal Party - one that would do politics transparently and democratically - we were promised open nominations", Davey wrote on his web site. But Davey said the process in Trinity-Spadina has not been inclusive, fair or transparent.
In the online post, Davey took direct aim at federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, writing:
"While it’s the leader’s prerogative to recruit and select candidates, the clear identification of favoured candidates creates an imbalance in support that is difficult to overcome for other candidates."
Trudeau and Vaughan were photographed sharing a meal at a downtown bistro as the councillor announced his political intentions.
Christine Innes, who ran for the Liberals in Trinity-Spadina in 2008 and 2011 was barred from seeking the nomination again. Innes say she is the victim of a "a full-scale character attack" by Trudeau and Ontario Liberal co-chair David MacNaughton. She has launched a $1.5-million defamation suit against them.