Tanya Granic Allen no longer an Ontario PC party candidate after ‘irresponsible’ comments, Doug Ford says


    Ontario PC Chief Doug Ford says former party management hopeful Tanya Granic Allen will no longer be a candidate for the party.

    Ford made the announcement in a tweet simply earlier than 6 p.m. on Saturday.

    “We’re a party comprised of individuals with numerous views that if expressed responsibly we’d respect. Nonetheless, the actual fact is her characterization of sure points and folks has been irresponsible,” Ford stated within the assertion.

    “Our party stays centered on defeating Kathleen Wynne and bringing aid to households throughout Ontario.”

    Final month, the social conservative Granic Allen got here underneath fireplace for on-line feedback made years in the past concerning Muslims and homosexual marriage.

    In a 2013 social media put up on Quebec’s controversial proposal for a constitution of values, Granic Allen described facial veils worn by some Muslim ladies as “masks.”

    “I do not imagine folks ought to costume like ninjas when going for an afternoon stroll. I do not imagine that folks ought to costume like financial institution robbers when going to vote,” she stated. “My daughter loves sporting a Spider-man masks, however I forbid her from sporting it out in public.”

    Requested to touch upon such posts, Granic Allen denied that they mirrored Islamophobic views.

    She additionally denied {that a} tweet by which she wished the Queen wouldn’t permit homosexual marriage meant she held homophobic views. “Any person wrote that homosexual marriage would drive the Queen to interrupt her oath and I merely stated, ‘Effectively the Queen ought to hold her oath,’ as a result of we should always not lie,” she stated.

    ‘Party’s open to everybody,’ says Ford

    Requested final month about his views on her feedback, Ford advised CBC Information that the feelings expressed by Granic Allen — who was on the time looking for to run within the Toronto-area using of Mississauga Centre — don’t mirror his views or these of the party.

    Ontario PC Chief Doug Ford says former party management hopeful Tanya Granic Allen will no longer be a candidate for the party. (Chris Younger/The Canadian Press)

    “Our party’s open to everybody, completely everybody. Am I supporting her? I do not help any candidate per se. It will be as much as the folks in Mississauga Centre to make that call. However I can inform you one factor, each single particular person is welcome into the PC party.”

    Ford’s announcement comes the identical day because the Ontario Liberals zeroed in on a 2014 video by which they are saying Granic Allen “spewed hatred and homophobia” whereas discussing sexual training in Croatia.

    The video, which was edited and posted on the Liberals’ web site, exhibits Granic Allen saying that when she sees Croatia “making an attempt to push radical sexualization on the younger, or homosexual marriage, I virtually vomit in disbelief.”

    CBC Information has not independently verified the video’s origins.




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