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Day 15 - more naked people trundle out to the front lawns.

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For those of you who are counting, we have our fourth and fifth naked candidates running around buck naked on the front lawn.Chris Reid, an openly gay engineer, was supposed to challenge Liberal MP Bob Rae in Toronto Centre. Then a Liberal-minded blogger revealed some of Reid's more inflammatory posts from his own blog. These comments translated into some hard questions from the Tory war room, and resulted in Reid deciding to withdraw from the race.It's not clear why the Tory Death Star was concerned about Reid's posts. Was it because he was gay, because he advocated that women and gays carry concealed handguns for safety, because he accused community leaders from Toronto's Gay Ghetto (which is in in his riding) of tolerating promiscuity and prostitution, or because he ranted and raved about the failure of passengers to stop the Tim McLean beheading on a Greyhound bus?Either way, he was naked, on the front lawn and performing his rendition of River Dance.Reid was not the only political naturist to get exposed on the weekend. It was reported that NDP candidate Julian West (Saanich-Gulf Islands), who went skinny dipping in front of a bunch of teeanagers more than a decade ago. West apologized for the incident but so far, the NDP hasn't asked for, nor has he offered, a resignation.West's naked on the front lawn and apparently doesn't care who sees him. How refreshing.-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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