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BC Liberal candidate under fire for supporting JK Rowling anti-trans blog

Last Updated Oct 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm PDT

FILE - In a Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, author and Lumos Foundation founder J.K. Rowling attends the HBO Documentary Films premiere of "Finding the Way Home" at 30 Hudson Yards, in New York. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has fallen under scrutiny after her series of tweets Saturday, June 6, 2020 were deemed as trans phobic.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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Another BC Liberal Party candidate is under fire, this time for supporting JK Rowling's anti-trans blog

A now-deleted tweet from Lorraine Brett suggests she supports Harry Potter author JK Rowling's anti-trans blog

The NDP's Selina Robinson has called on the Liberal leader to fire Brett and Langley candidate Margaret Kunst

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!”

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.”

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.

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This comes after another NDP candidate denounced the BC Liberal leader last week for initially standing by Kunst and Throness, who were both being been criticized for their LGTBQ+ views.

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.