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Conservative leadership: Party investigating Team Brown complaint


The Conservative Party of Canada is investigating a complaint by Patrick Brown’s leadership campaign about a racist email he says he received from a member.

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel Garner, who is helping Brown in the race, shared a screenshot on Twitter of an email she says the campaign received from an active party member.

The Canadian Press did not receive a copy of the email in question.

The text that Rempel Garner shared expresses his support for Nazism and includes racist remarks against blacks and Asians.

The Conservative Party confirmed on Twitter that it investigate complaint in accordance with the rules governing how and if membership may be revoked.

He says he condemns all forms of racism and takes these allegations seriously.

The text shared by Rempel Garner ends with the author saying he supports Pierre Poilievre, an Ottawa-area Conservative MP who is also running in the leadership race.

“If you’re a racist, I don’t want your vote,” Poilievre said in response to the email flagged by Brown’s campaign on Wednesday.

“Anyone who promotes racism has no place in our party and should lose their membership,” he said in a written statement.

On Monday, Poilievre condemned what he called the “ugly racist hatred” behind the deadly attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, where a white gunman killed 10 black people.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 18, 2022.

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