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Trudeau denies Quebec MP forced out for not lauding him as feminist

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Wednesday addressed allegations from Montreal MP Eva Nassif that she was forced out because she did not applaud his feminist credentials. Trudeau said “that was not the issue” that led to her being forced out – Sep 25, 2019

DELTA, B.C.⁠ ⁠— Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he did not scuttle a sitting Quebec MP’s chance to run for re-election because she questioned his credentials as a feminist.

Eva Nassif told the Globe and Mail that she was not nominated to run in the Vimy riding because she did not publicly support Trudeau as a feminist following the SNC-Lavalin scandal, which led to the resignation of two female cabinet ministers.

“I can confirm that was not the reason she was red-lit,” Trudeau said in Delta, B.C.

READ MORE: Riding association wants explanation for why Quebec Liberal MP was denied candidacy

Nassif didn’t meet the standards of the Liberal party’s protocol for vetting candidates, Trudeau said, but did not give a reason why.

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“The process around a green-light committee is conducted independently according to the rules that we have,” Trudeau said. “I trust the processes we’ve established as a party and I know those processes are properly followed.”

Nassif announced in August that she would not seek a second term in the riding north of Montreal, citing personal reasons.

READ MORE: Canada election: Vimy

But riding-association president Giuseppe Margiotta told The Canadian Press at the time that Nassif was pushed out.

The Liberals named Annie Koutrakis is their candidate for Vimy earlier this month.

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Trudeau defends his feminist credentials after expelling Wilson-Raybould, Philpott from caucus – Apr 3, 2019