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You're out! A list of federal election candidates forced to step down, resign

OTTAWA - A list of candidates forced to step down, or resigned since the start of the campaign on Sept. 11, which doesn't include, for instance, the Liberal decision to oust candidate Hassan Guillet (Saint Leonard—Saint-Michel) in late August over alleged anti-Semitic social-media posts.

Liberal

None since the start of the election campaign.

Conservative

The past comments of political candidates, be they from years ago, days ago, secret or well-known, have been causing some bumps along the campaign trail, forcing party leaders to contend with social media posts surfacing in these early days. Imam Hassan Guillet, who has been dropped by the Liberal party as a candidate, responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The past comments of political candidates, be they from years ago, days ago, secret or well-known, have been causing some bumps along the campaign trail, forcing party leaders to contend with social media posts surfacing in these early days. Imam Hassan Guillet, who has been dropped by the Liberal party as a candidate, responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

OTTAWA - A list of candidates forced to step down, or resigned since the start of the campaign on Sept. 11, which doesn't include, for instance, the Liberal decision to oust candidate Hassan Guillet (Saint Leonard—Saint-Michel) in late August over alleged anti-Semitic social-media posts.

Liberal

None since the start of the election campaign.

Conservative

Sept. 12: Cameron Ogilvie (Winnipeg North) over incendiary comments in social-media posts.


Sept. 11: Dock Currie (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo) over online comments. Olivier Mathieu (LaSalle—Emard—Verdun) over domestic abuse allegations.

Green

Sept. 12: Erik Schomann (Simcoe North) over a social-media post that talked about sending pig meat to Muslims.

People's Party

Sept. 12: Brian Misera (Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam). Misera linked his dismissal to a series of social-media videos critical of leader Maxime Bernier for not doing enough to distance the party from racist candidates. The party says it was because he was acting as his own financial agent, which the party says is in violation of election rules. Elections Canada says such a situation is unusual but not against the rules.

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