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Tory volunteer exits over tweets

Reacting to decision on Kapyong

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The president of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative party's youth wing resigned Friday in the wake of a series of tweets he posted earlier in the day as news of the Kapyong court decision broke on Twitter.

Braydon Mazurkiewich, a long-standing volunteer for the Tories, was asked to resign by PC Manitoba Party president Ryan Matthews for comments deemed detrimental to the party.

"If he chooses not to resign, the party management committee will convene next week to deal with this issue," Matthews said in a statement.

Mazurkiewich resigned by mid-afternoon.

PC Leader Brian Pallister declined comment on the matter through a spokesman. Mazurkiewich worked on Pallister's election campaign in Fort Whyte last summer.

Mazurkiewich declined to comment on his Twitter outburst, most of which he had deleted by mid-Friday morning.

His first comment was "Lord have mercy" in response to a news post on the Kapyong decision, which sets out that Ottawa must negotiate with First Nations in the disposal of the former military base.

His second came a minute later when he said: "If they build a reserve inside this city I think that will be the last straw and I will finally leave what is becoming the laughing stock... of the country."

His tirade continued:

"Oh s--t. Well, maybe we'll have access to cheap cigarettes?"

Mazurkiewich said in a Twitter message to the Free Press he did not want to comment.

"I've since spoken with federal politicians and it does not include residential housing, I'm told," he said. "I'm waiting for an announcement prior to commenting further."

bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2012 A9

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Updated on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM CST: Corrects spelling of Braydon in photo cutline

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