COWICHAN VALLEY (NEWS 1130) – A Vancouver Island woman who says she was trying to become a BC NDP candidate for the spring election has pulled out of the race, citing sexism and harassment.
Georgia Collins announced on social media that she has withdrawn from the Cowichan Valley BC NDP candidate election, but she did not provide specific details. “I wish I could say that my decision is unrelated to sexism and harassment that I experienced during my campaign, but that would be untrue,” Collins wrote. “I wish I could say that I was not disappointed by the party’s capacity to respond to such concerns, but that would also be untrue. The status quo, it seems, carries on even in places you least expect it.”
Collins also thanked her supporters and says she wants to continue to work within the community, perhaps outside partisan politics.
Fellow nominee hopeful Lori Iannidinardo says she was shocked by the news. “I think we’ve lost a very good candidate and I didn’t have knowledge about what the party did or didn’t do. From my experience they have very progressive policies and are forward thinking,” Iannidinardo says.
She adds she did not know about Collins’ concerns and would have liked to offer her support. “A discussion definitely needs to happen. We need to deal with this and face it head on. It is an age-old issue.”