PC Leader Doug Ford is resisting pressure to bar former leadership contender Tanya Granic Allen from seeking the party’s nomination in Mississauga Centre over controversial social media posts about Muslims and gays.
The comments, first revealed in the Star, compared women in burkas to “bank robbers” and “ninjas” and questioned gay marriage, now legal in Ontario.
Those remarks prompted rival parties and a Muslim clergyman to call on Ford to disqualify Granic Allen from the April 21 nomination race, whose winner will carry the Progressive Conservative banner in the June 7 provincial election.
“It’s pretty disappointing to see somebody seeking public office who has those kinds of attitudes that can be described as racist and homophobic,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Tuesday.
“The Conservatives will have to decide…how they will go forward,” Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters at a west-end school. “But that kind of behaviour, that kind of language, that kind of attitude, I believe has no place in our society.”
Ford, who enjoyed support from social conservative Granic Allen’s backers after she was knocked out of the March 10 leadership race, again distanced himself from her but stopped short of taking further action.
“The Ontario PC Party is an inclusive party. These statements are not reflective of what we stand for or how we will govern this province,” he said in a statement.
“Our base is growing, and we want all Ontarians to feel like they have a place in our party.”