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Liberals dig up offensive social media posts by Conservatives as Scheer campaigns in B.C.

Last Updated Sep 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm PST

Liberal candidates have been digging up old, offensive social media posts by Conservatives to follow Andrew Scheer's campaign events across the country. Vancouver Centre Liberal candidate Hedy Fry is the latest to unearth an old, offensive post by Nanaimo-Ladysmith Conservative candidate John Firth. (Source: composite image, Twitter)
Summary

The Liberals have dug up dirt on yet another Conservative -- this time, by a candidate on Vancouver Island

Liberal candidate Hedy Fry tweeted a screenshot of an old Facebook comment apparently by John Hirst

Different Liberal candidates have unearthed offensive old posts by Conservative rivals every day since Thursday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is hitting the campaign trail in B.C., but the Liberals are making sure he’s being followed by offensive social media posts by his party’s candidates.

Hedy Fry, Liberal candidate for the Vancouver Centre riding, is the latest to post dirt on a candidate on Twitter. In a tweet Sunday morning, Fry posted a screenshot of an old Facebook comment by Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate John Hirst, who apparently posted a gif with Denzel Washington’s face and a racial slur.

“@AndrewScheer visits Vancouver Island tonight, supporting his Conservative candidates—including John Hirst. Mr. Scheer doesn’t like it when his candidate’s racist posts are revealed. We won’t stop. Canadians deserve to know,” she writes.

The timing of the post isn’t a coincidence: Scheer was in Surrey Sunday morning, and making stops on Vancouver Island late Sunday afternoon.

NEWS 1130 has reached out to Hirst and Scheer’s team for comment, but have yet to hear back.

Offensive posts follow Scheer’s campaign

Liberal candidates have taken to social media to post old, offensive social media posts made by their Conservative rivals every day since Thursday.

On Sept. 12, Liberal candidate Carolyn Bennett (Toronto-St. Paul) posted an old video of Conservative candidate Rachel Willson (York Centre), speaking at an anti-abortion rally in 2017.

In the video, Wilson says she has been involved in the pro-life movement since 2006.

“We believe that there are two parts involved in advancing pro-life legislation, and the number one is prayer. So we believe there is prayer and there is action,” she says.

The next day on Sept. 13, Liberal candidate Ruby Sahota posted an old Facebook comment apparently made by Conservative candidate Arpan Khanna, her rival in the riding of Brampton North. The post uses a homophobic slur.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Liberal candidate Maryam Monsef (Peterborough-Kawartha) posted a video of Justina McCaffrey (Kanata-Carleton) with white nationalist Faith Goldy.

In the video, McCaffrey speaks about her “girlfriend Faith who’s wonderful, we hangout, have glasses of wine, martinis.” Goldy then say she wants to help her friend MacCaffrey’s business, who she’s know for several years.

Andrew Scheer told reporters on a campaign plane Saturday that as long as candidates take responsiblity for their old comments and apologize, he will stand by them.