BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — After being dumped as the Conservative candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour — Heather Leung says she’s running independently.
She was booted from the federal party on Friday after video footage surfaced of several homophobic comments she made in the past.
Heather Leung says if elected, she will ‘faithfully’ serve her constituents.
“If elected, running independently, means I can vote the will of my constituents regardless of party policy,” she said in a release.
UPDATE: “running independently, means I can vote the will of my constituents regardless of party policy.” Heather Leung’s statement tonight on her future, but still no response to the backlash following derogatory comments against LGBTQ people in 2 videos. @CityNewsVAN @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/8Nj6qxtu87
— Ashley Grace Burr (@AshleyBurr_) October 8, 2019
In a statement, Leung’s campaign manager, Travis Trost, admits this is an unusual situation, as her name will still appear as Conservative on the ballot, but he confirms the national party has cut her loose.
“We are trying to explain to our potential supporters this very strange situation in which she is listed as a Conservative on the ballot but not accepted by the national party,” he said.
The deadline to remove a candidate’s name from the ballot passed Sept. 30.