The Conservative Party has cut ties with a candidate running for Toronto, after Islamophobic comments resurfaced from a series of tweets in 2017.
Nate Erskine-Smith, the Liberal incumbent in Beaches-East York, posted a series of screen shots of tweets allegedly coming from the account of a ‘Ward 1 councilor candidate’ who claims she is Lisa Robinson, a Conservative are candidates. ride him. One tweet read, “Muslims go home if our Canadian heritage hurts you so much!!!!”
The “Ward 1 councilor candidate” is none other than Conservative candidate Lisa Robinson in Beach-East York.
Our community has faced hatred many times before, and it is unacceptable that the Conservative Party is giving a platform to someone with these views. pic.twitter.com/HKgk4Dcn3w
— Nate Erskine-Smith (@beynate) September 10, 2021
Erskine-Smith tweeted, “Our community has faced hatred many times before, and it is unacceptable that the Conservative Party is giving a platform to anyone with these views.”
Robinson posted a response on his Facebook page, describing the tweet shared by Erskine-Smith as “false and defamatory”, adding that he would seek legal action against him if he did not remove the social media post. are ready for
“The information contained in Mr. Erskine-Smith’s social media post was generated by a fake social media account, which I reported to police in 2018,” she wrote.
Robinson said she was suspending her campaign to consider her legal options and “defend herself against these defamatory comments.”
The Conservative Party says they are “rejecting him as a candidate.”
Speaking at a campaign stop in Whitby, Ont. on Saturday, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole did not address Robinson by name, re-emphasizing she was committed to running a positive campaign.
“I want people on my team to share the same vision and that is how we approach all campaign-related issues. We are here to bring the country together,” O’Toole said. “All the candidates – my Like everyone in the caucus – the five pillars of Canada’s recovery plan and will remain committed to an affirmative campaign as we are tired of Mr Trudeau and six years of division and disheartening people. We have to step up for the country and this is my expectation from all our candidates.
The party took no action against Central Nova Conservative candidate Steven Cotter, who apologized in a Facebook post for sharing “Islamophobic and anti-immigrant tropes” without thinking.