I was a registration clerk at the Richmond, British Columbia nomination meeting between MP Joe Peschisolido and former MP Raymond Chan. (Chan won).
I can now comment, as a bit of an insider, on Sheila Copps' allegations.
1.Sheila Copps quote was something like "400 of my supporters were challenged". She doesn't say how many of those 400 got to vote. Challenges are very common by scrutineers.
2.I registered about 90 people. I probably had problems with an additional 40 people, and was unable to register them.
3.The most common registration problem was a person had moved and their address had not been updated on the membership list, or vice versa. They joined the party recently, had their new address on the membership list, and had no documentation to back it up.
4.The reasons for challenges were sometimes human error of some form or another: a name in the membership list improperly spelled or something like that. I don't know about in Hamilton, but we had a impartial process to deal with this and the above problem.
5.I was also surprised at the number of people who came to vote who weren't members of the party. Again, Copps just says they were her supporters, that doesnt' mean they were members.
There was a national reporter at the nominating meeting, I won't mention any names, but he said that Ujjal wants to run for the federal Liberals but is being blocked by Christy Clark who goes livid over the idea. I have no idea how credible his information is, but he says its been confirmed at pretty high levels.