Trudeau faces fresh charges of favouritism from within his own party

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau’s credibility has again come under fire from a member of his own party, with new allegations the Liberal leader is stacking the deck to help star candidates win local nomination battles.

Ryan Davey announced Wednesday night that he is pulling the plug on his hopes to represent the party in the upcoming byelection to replace former NDP MP Olivia Chow in the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina.

In a message on his website, Davey said he was withdrawing because “events over the past few weeks have led me to decide that this nomination process has been a de facto appointment.”