Zach Paikin dumps team Trudeau over lack of openness

- March 17th, 2014

Zach Paikin has been a real Trudeau booster. He’s even done what many Liberals, including Justin himself, will not do and come on Sun News to defend the party and the leader.

Now he’s bolting after Trudeau did what he promised he wouldn’t do, started fiddling with nominations to get desired candidates in and keep undesirables out.

Maybe Zach was also facing an uphill battle for his nomination but I don’t think that’s all this is. He has devoted a lot of time to this party, he sees politics as a career and he just blasted the leader in public.

Here is his statement.

Dear friends;

Last week, Justin Trudeau broke a key promise to hold open nominations in every riding by blocking the candidacy of Christine Innes in downtown Toronto.

I cannot, in good conscience, campaign to be a part of a team of candidates if others seeking to join that team are prevented from doing so if their ideas or ambitions run contrary to the party leader’s interest. Therefore, after spending the weekend consulting with friends and family, I am taking what I believe to be a principled decision by withdrawing my candidacy for the Liberal nomination in Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas as a sign of protest.

In the months following our defeat in 2011, many of us believed that we were, in effect, building and creating a new party. I campaigned to be the Liberal Party’s National Policy Chair two years ago on a platform designed to help build the most open political party in Canadian history. I believe that I have a responsibility to speak on behalf of those grassroots Liberals who supported that vision.

I am a strong believer in our country’s founding democratic principles, including: Parliament as a place for dialogue, a government that is accountable to Parliament, and party leaders who remain accountable to their respective caucuses (not vice-versa). I am particularly troubled by the fact that our leader has discarded some of those principles ultimately in order to protect a star candidate.

Stephen Harper is “Exhibit A” of what happens when a leader compromises on his democratic principles in order to win power. I feel it important to speak up as forcefully as I can so that the party I care about doesn’t go down the same road.

With a pledge to hold open nominations comes the natural consequence that some of those nomination battles will be fierce. But holding open nominations ultimately helps a political party with fundraising and voter outreach and engagement. Blocking nomination bids is what creates the party-wide toxicity we seek to avoid.

I still believe that the Liberal Party of Canada remains the most forceful defender in this country of social progress, fiscal responsibility and national unity. I will focus my efforts going forward on supporting the candidacies of friends and colleagues who I think will make outstanding public servants.

Best,
-Zach Paikin

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8 comments

  1. Steve Loach says:

    That is the kind of fuzzy thinking that Justine seems to use. Does he not realize that by supporting friends and other Liberals he is supporting the leader that he just dumped on.

  2. Stephen Paikeneau says:

    Given the backlash against Zach Paikin’s nomination, it is far more conceivable that the Rosedale Club founder was looking for an exit strategy from the Hamilton conundrum he had created for himself. Nobody except himself and his dilemma-struck father wanted him to win his parachute candidacy in Hamilton-West Ancaster-Dundas. The man lives at Massey College for god’s sake, not here in Steeltown. But once he may have gotten a brief taste of the vitriol he attracts (and not unfairly, given that his real life-experience can be measured in the lifespan of mayfly), and decided it wasn’t in the cards for him to be a Liberal MP come 2015. Instead of suffering a humiliating and inevitable defeat, why not find a way to exit with (semi-)dignity?

    The optics are far better for ZP to withdraw on ‘principle’, instead of runnring and losing because nobody showed up to vote for him. He already got his staged photo-op with Trudeau during the Liberal convention with daddy (during the hockey games). He can now withdraw to his parents’ art-adorned pile to play Captain Kirk whilst waiting for a Liberal can’t-lose-stronghold to avail itself to the self-described Paikinator.

    Of course, the other theory is that he suspected that Trudeau was never going to welcome his Ukrainian-Russian-Jewish-whatever-ethnicity-is-most-expedient-to-apply-to-a-HuffPost-crisis candidacy, and took Trudeau’s rejection of Innes as the writing on the HWAD wall. Alas, we will never know the dull calculations that went on inside Fortress Paikin (as he consulted his father, family and friends) this weekend as he came to the growing realization that reality does not accord with his TVO worldview.

    @robhoadley (on Twitter) put it best: “The Zach Paikin 2036 leadership campaign is off to a bumpy start.”

  3. Jamie MacMaster says:

    He had a bit of sympathy until his second-last sentence. Beyond redemption. I could care less.

  4. Stan says:

    “I still believe that the Liberal Party of Canada remains the most forceful defender in this country of social progress, fiscal responsibility and national unity.”
    —–

    Delusional.

    Social progress?
    A matter of opinion on what is progress.

    Fiscal responsibility?
    ‘the budget will balance itself.’

    National unity?
    By attacking Alberta and pandering to quebec?

    Sorry Zach, but you need to wake up and make fact based decisions.

  5. don morris says:

    Liberals had better get used to disappointment with their new leader,especially if he becomes PM.

    It’s all well to promise the usual cliches,openness, transparency,etc., when you’re not in power, but not so easy when you are “the … government”. LPC members have planted Justin high on a pedestal, expecting him to be “the cure” for all that ails Canadian politics,in short, a veritable Messiah.

    He is none of those, just an ordinary human being, with average ability, and he is still beholden to all the behind the scenes power elite that have held all governments in thrall since forever.

    Trudeau may very well become a competent PM, but don’t expect more ,it’s delusional.

  6. bocanut says:

    Liberals fighting Liberals,it’s comforting in this crazy world to see that some things never change.

  7. Stephen Smith says:

    Sounds a bit like when the Cons/Reform forced out Ezra Levant from Calgary Centre so they could run favoured son Stephen Harper.

    Re-arrange the chairs all you want its still partisian politics, just the names and colours change.

  8. Stephen Smith says:

    He has earned a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Affairs at the University of Toronto’s Munk School. .

    Bet those Arts degree’s really tax the old brain eh Zach. Do everyone a favour and get a real job, do it for 10 to 15 years and then come back to politics. Just another wet behind the ears no nothing young whippersnapper looking for a free and easy ride in life. Just think 8 short years and you have a fully indexed pension for life. Why by 31 you could retire.

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