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Kelowna pub removes political message from receipts to vote out NDP

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October 01, 2020 - 12:27 PM

The owner of a Kelowna pub that published an anti-NDP statement on its receipts says the message has been removed since it has now been well-communicated.

“Oct. 24 vote that f*cker out!!” the receipt at  Doc Willoughby’s read.

Owner Dave Willoughby said the message was removed from receipts yesterday, Sept. 30, but the message still stands.

READ MORE: Kelowna pub puts political stamp on bill, saying 'vote that f*cker out'

Willoughby said they got a call from Elections B.C. saying the move meant they had to register as a third-party sponsor under the B.C. Elections Act, which they have done.

“Somebody complained to them obviously that I’m promoting one party over another when the actual fact is I’m just discouraging people from voting for NDP,” he said.

He thought promoting a message this way would bring attention to the lack of help from the NDP Government to the hospitality industry during COVID-19, he said.

“It reached a breaking point when Horgan called an election during a state of emergency,” he said.

He feels like his message has gotten out, so he no longer feels the need to keep printing it on receipts.

“We’ve had a lot of media coverage on it,” he said. “But we still have customers coming in wanting it on receipts.”

Willoughby likely won’t be making any more political messages unless he feels there’s an opportunity to do so, he said.

“It’s not our intention to offend NDP voters in general but certainly, those kind of statements are going to ruffle some feathers but I also want to highlight the problems in the industry, it’s at the end of the day a cry for help in our industry. Servers and staff are hurting,” he said.

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