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11/10/2017 16:58 EST | Updated 11/10/2017 17:09 EST

Trudeau, David MacNaughton Settle Lawsuit Filed By Ex-MP, Nomination Candidate

Christine Innes launched the suit nearly 4 years ago.

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Christine Innes speaks at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto on May 2, 2011.

MacNaughton's decision, backed by Trudeau, to ban Innes as a candidate was the highest-profile controversy surrounding Liberal nominations in the run-up to the 2015 election. Critics maintained the treatment of Innes and several other would-be contenders put the lie to Trudeau's promise to allow open nominations in every riding.

Innes maintained she was barred from running in the byelection because she refused to promise that she wouldn't eventually challenge one of Trudeau's star recruits — Chrystia Freeland, now foreign affairs minister — for a Liberal nomination in Toronto after riding boundaries were redrawn for the 2015 general election.

However, the party said the decision to bar Innes followed complaints by several young Liberal volunteers who alleged that Ianno had pressured them, disparaged Trudeau and Freeland and warned them they'd have little future in the party if they backed the wrong side in a potential Innes-Freeland nomination battle.