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Third party in New Brunswick loses candidate due to online comments

Kris Austin, MLA and leader of the People's Alliance of New Brunswick, reacts to the budget delivered by New Brunswick Finance Minister Ernie Steeves in Fredericton, New Brunswick on March 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray
September 09, 2020 - 1:52 PM

FREDERICTON - Another political party in New Brunswick has dropped a candidate for next week's provincial election because of past comments made online.

The People's Alliance party has confirmed that Heather Collins is no longer their candidate in the riding of Memramcook-Tantramar because of comments online in 2019 complaining about the number of Muslims immigrating to Canada.

Earlier this week, the Progressive Conservatives dropped Roland Michaud as their candidate in Victoria-La Vallee after learning he reposted a transphobic meme that suggested physical violence against transgender women when they use washrooms.

Also Monday, the Liberal party announced it was cutting ties with its candidate in St. Croix.

Party leader Kevin Vickers said John Gardner will no longer run under the Liberal banner after making comments viewed as offensive on social media concerning the LGBTQ community.

The provincial election is Sept. 14.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 9, 2020.

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