Eva Nassif, a Montreal-area Liberal MP, says she was denied a spot in her riding after refusing to call Justin Trudeau a feminist on her social media. This was after the SNC-Lavalin scandal that ended in the resignation of two female cabinet members. Nassif also said that she faced "continuous bullying, harassment and intimidation" by three other male MPs after the 2015 federal election.

Nassif recently posted on her Facebook page on August 22 that she will be resigning from politics.

"After nearly fifteen years of involvement in federal politics, including the last four years as a federal Member of Parliament, I am announcing that I do not intend to run for a second term in the next federal election," the formal resignation letter reads.

"Recent events of a personal nature have motivated this decision, which I do not take lightly."

The letter does not go into details about the motivation of her resignation, and goes on to thank and commend those she has worked with in the past.

The Liberal Party says that it condemns bullying and has procedures to deal with bullying allegations, according to the Globe and Mail.

Trudeau has adamantly branded himself as a feminist since the beginning of his term as prime minister. 

After the SNC-Lavalin drama, causing two female cabinet members, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, to resign, the Liberals encouraged their team to build up support for Trudeau's feminism, according to Nassif. 

"I was punished for failing to hail Justin Trudeau as a great feminist in the wake of SNC-Lavalin when I didn’t post anything," Nassif said. "And I was happy not to post anything because I am authentic," she told the Globe and Mail.

This is Nassif's full resignation letter, which she posted on her Twitter and Facebook:

 

CBC News reports that "Liberal sources said that Nassif was failing to meet her party's requirements as an incumbent to secure a nomination."

"To confirm Liberal candidacy, an incumbent must have, among other things, knocked on at least 3,500 doors or made 5,000 telephone calls, obtained the signatures of 150 Liberals in the riding and added 30 new monthly contributors," according to CBC. 

In a more recent development, Glen McGregor of CTV National News tweeted that Trudeau denies Nassif's claims. There was a different reason, but Trudeau hasn't given further explanation.

Narcity has reached out to a Liberal spokesperson for comment and we will update this article should we receive relevant information.

Reactions on Twitter have been quite strong, as seen below:

 

Feminism has been making itself heard in all sorts of different ways. Canadian women and men alike have been taking a stand to discuss this issue. And while Canada debates the authenticity of Trudeau's feminist claims, it's at least gotten the public to think about feminism in general.


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