KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – The federal New Democratic Party has asked one of its candidates to withdraw his name from a B.C. riding, just before the official election call was made on Wednesday.
Dock Currie says the NDP asked him to withdraw his candidacy in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding after discovering he made some controversial posts on social media.
“I am incredibly disappointed that I won’t be able to be the voice to offer a social democratic alternative to the Liberals and Conservatives in the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo,” Currie wrote on Facebook. “I am not stepping down for personal reasons.”
The posts in question apparently were made two years ago. Currie says the post targeting two pro-pipeline activists were made “in a context in which I was a graduate student without any designs on public life.”
“The comments I made then were flippant and aggressive, and do not reflect who I am today, nor do I stand by them in the form in which they were made, and I understand completely that they would be an unnecessary and unwarranted distraction from the vital message and campaign of the NDP across the country,” he wrote on Wednesday.
He is the second NDP candidate in the riding to withdraw from the race. Gina Myhill-Jones withdrew her name in August for what she called personal reasons.