Claire Wählen (iPolitics):
Social media has been the reason for several candidates resigning already during this federal election campaign but today the Conservative riding association of Bay of Quinte accepted the resignation of a member of its board of directors for racist and discriminatory comments online.
“This morning, the Bay of Quinte Electoral District Association became aware that one of its Board members had posted some inappropriate content on her personal social media site, in her personal capacity,” said John Bonn, president of the Bay of Quinte EDA in an emailed statement.
“Upon becoming aware of that content, the Association required and accepted her resignation effective immediately. The views expressed by the now former Board member will not be tolerated and do not reflect those of the Bay of Quinte EDA. There will be no further statements with respect to this matter.”
Sue MacDonell was an active member of the board and canvassing volunteer for Conservative candidate Jodie Jenkins. She is also a former court officer with the Toronto police service, retiring as a sergeant in 2014.
Her Facebook page is filled with political commentary dating back several years, condemning Middle Eastern refugees, the Black Lives Matter movement, Canada’s First Nations, feminists and ‘liberal’ women, and many others. […]
“Yes, because nothing says strengthening Canada like inviting illiterate, unskilled, primitive refugees with all their children and emotional baggage and bankrupting the country to pay for their upkeep!”, said MacDonell in one post dated August 17, 2015.
“That’s right, throw some more money at the Indians…because it’s worked so well up until now, right?” said another dated December 10, 2013.
When iPolitics reached out to MacDonell for comment this morning, she immediately answered with a raised voice and hung up immediately after saying the following:
“I don’t have any comment to make at all. What I post on Facebook is called freedom of speech, okay? I can post whatever I want and I never posted anything inappropriate and it has nothing to do — nothing I post has anything to do with Jodie Jenkins at all. Any time I post anything it’s because I feel strongly about something but it has nothing to do with anything so I suggest you be very, very careful where you’re going with this. Okay? Okay. Thanks, bye.”
MacDonell’s name was listed on the ‘Contact Us’ page of the Bay of Quinte Conservatives website along with the other directors and the executive — those names were taken down midday, as was the cellphone number for Jenkins.
[Matt Richardson, campaign manager for the Liberal candidate Neil Ellis, said] this was ‘completely off our radar’.
“To me it’s shocking. I always thought the people on the other side had good intentions but we just had different positions. This is just hateful. To be on a board like this, you’re a volunteer but it’s not like a regular volunteer role. It’s very serious. You influence policy, you influence your local area so much.”
Jenkins will be co-hosting a fundraising event Wednesday afternoon with Defence Minister Jason Kenney, with tickets available for $125. MacDonell was invited to the event through Facebook but is listed as not going.