NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — Another BC Liberal Party candidate is under fire, this time for supporting JK Rowling’s anti-transgender blog.
The day after Laurie Throness resigned from the Liberal caucus over his eugenics comments, New Westminster candidate Lorraine Brett is feeling the political heat.
In a tweet from a now-deleted account, Brett called the Harry Potter author’s blog “JK Rowling’s best work!”
Another @bcliberals candidate is under fire. This time for tweets from June from a now-deleted account that support JK Rowling’s anti-trans blog. @LorraineBrett20 started a new account in September, but this tweet exists in Web Archive. #bcpoli #BCvotes2020 pic.twitter.com/yJX0m0vlFR
— Charmaine de Silva (@char_des) October 16, 2020
Rowling has been criticized for her comments about transgender people, claiming “trans activism” is harming women.
Brett addresses controversial tweet
On Friday, after Brett’s controversial tweet was brought to light, she took to Twitter to address the matter.
However, she did not apologize for her earlier post.
“I responded to a piece by JK Rowling that was based on her own personal experiences and drew much attention,” she says in a pair of tweets.
“I think it’s important to hear different ideas in a fair and open society. The BC Liberals have been unequivocal in our support for the LBGTQ community and … worked hard to advance an agenda that builds a better and more tolerant British Columbia. I am running as a BC Liberal because I share these views.”
In June, I responded to a piece by JK Rowling that was based on her own personal experiences and drew much attention. I think it’s important to hear different ideas in a fair and open society. The BC Liberals have been unequivocal in our support for the LBGTQ community and …
— Lorraine Brett (@LorraineBrett20) October 16, 2020
The NDP’s Selina Robinson, who is running in the Coquitlam-Maillardville riding, has called on BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson to fire Brett. She’s also called for him to fire Langley East candidate Margaret Kunst who, as a Langley Township councillor, voted against a rainbow crosswalk.
…..” maybe in Langley East, where Margaret Kunst, who opposed the rainbow crosswalk, remains the candidate.” Suggests that the B.C. Liberals really are ok with #homophobia and #transphobia #bcpoli #bcvotes2020 #bcelection2020
— Selina Robinson (@selinarobinson) October 16, 2020
Throness resigned from the Liberal caucus Thursday after he made controversial remarks at an all-candidates debate about an NDP plan to provide free contraception. He compared the free birth control plan to “a whiff of the old eugenics.”
NEWS 1130 has reached out to the BC Liberals for comment.