The federal Liberals are again in the midst of party-nomination controversy in the Lower Mainland.
Businesswoman Wendy Yuan has claimed that her bid for the Liberal nod in Steveston–Richmond East was blocked by former Richmond Liberal MP Raymond Chan.
The federal Liberals have denied this claim.
The party didn't allow Yuan to seek the nomination even though she ran as a Liberal candidate in Vancouver Kingsway in 2008 and 2011. She's issued a direct appeal to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to reverse the decision.
Other Liberals withdrew from races
Earlier this year, some Liberals complained after businessman Barj Dhahan withdrew from a hotly contested race in Vancouver South.
This cleared the way for the acclamation of former Vancouver police officer and military commander Harjit Sajjan.
In Vancouver Kingsway, former New Westminster planning director and former Liberal candidate Mary Pynenberg dropped out of the nomination race less than two weeks before the vote. This ensured that accountant Steven Kou could be acclaimed as the candidate.
In Vancouver East, marijuana-legalization activist Jodie Emery was blocked from seeking a Liberal nomination. Lawyer Edward Wong eventually won the party's backing in a contested race.
The Liberals didn't hold a contested nomination in the new riding of Vancouver Granville. Former Assembly of First Nations regional chief Jody Wilson-Raybould was chosen as the candidate.
Yuan cites a letter she wrote
In a statement, Yuan claimed that her life is "an open book".
"I fail to see how my application this time differs from that of the last two elections," Yuan declared. "I have provided all the documents/materials and abided all the rules and regulations set forth by the Green Light Committee."
Yuan alleged that she was stymied because "I wrote to the Party officials and raised my concern about one of the LPCBC's fundraising sources in the Chinese community".
Liberal spokesperson Olivier Duchesneau has issued a statement claiming that "some serious issues prevented her from completing the process".
Meanwhile, Yuan has produced an affidavit from Xigen Xu, who's alleged that Chan told him that Yuan wouldn't be green-lighted in Steveston–Richmond East.
Instead, according to the affidavit, Chan said that lawyer and former MP Joe Peschisolido would be acclaimed.
Peschisolido and Chan have fought before
Ironically, Peschisolido is a former political rival of Chan's.
Chan held the Richmond seat for the Liberals from 1993 to 2000 when he was defeated by Peschisolido, who represented the Canadian Alliance.
Later, Peschisolido crossed the floor to join the Liberals, but lost the 2004 Liberal nomination to Chan, who won the seat in general elections in 2004 and 2006.
In 2008, Chan lost the general election to Conservative Alice Wong.
In 2011, Peschisolido captured the Liberal nomination in Richmond but was trounced by Wong in the general election.
The Conservatives have nominated Richmond school trustee Kenny Chiu in Steveston–Richmond East.
The New Democrats are running former New Westminster police officer Scott Stewart.
The Greens don't have anyone listed on their website as a candidate in the riding.