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Burnaby candidate running 'independently' after being dumped by Conservatives

Last Updated Oct 8, 2019 at 8:41 am PDT

Conservative Party of Canada candidate Heather Leung running in the Burnaby North–Seymour riding. NDP candidate Svend Robinson, running in the same riding, is calling on the Conservatives to boot Leung over homophobic comments she made in two videos that recently resurfaced. (Courtesy, Conservative Party of Canada)
Summary

She was booted from the federal party on Friday

Heather Leung says if elected, she will 'faithfully' serve her constituents

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.


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.