Liberals say controversial PC candidate must go

Ontario Liberals continue their vetting of opposition party candidates with demands that the PCs dump Andrew Lawton and that the NDP disavow MPP Paul Miller.

The Liberals have already successfully pushed PC Leader Doug Ford into removing fellow leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen as a candidate for Mississauga Centre over comments she made about gay marriage and Islamic head coverings.

Liberal campaign co-chair Deb Matthews said Lawton’s “homophobic, Islamophobic and sexist comments” should disqualify him as a candidate for any main political party.

Lawton, the hand-picked Ford candidate for the riding of London West, has blamed mental illness for controversial comments and actions between 2005 and 2013.

Matthews said he has since made comments that are “racist and sexist.”

Political commentator Andrew Lawton in London, Ontario on Septermber 6, 2013

Melissa Lantsman, a spokesperson for the Ford campaign, said Lawton has apologized for his comments and is committed to the PC election plan.

Andrew Lawton was a long-time radio host, having hosted Kathleen Wynne as recently as March of this year. He also hosted Deb Matthews and other high-profile members of this government,” Lantsman said. “During his time on radio, he made some unfortunate comments.”

At a media conference, Matthews showed a video in which Lawton says, “How many lives are lost because people cling to a radical Muslim ideology. Well, we could ban Islam. That’s going to save a couple lives.”

However, while the clip makes it appear that Lawton is talking about banning Islam, a full transcript would seem to indicated the opposite.

How many other things can we ban that might just save one life and is it worthwhile?” he goes on to say.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller

In Miller’s case, the Liberals put out a news release highlighting a dispute that he is having with a staff member who has alleged in complaints to his union and to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that the MPP made highly inappropriate remarks, used his taxpayer-funded office for campaigning purposes and slagged the union.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the party has unionized staff at Queen’s Park and in constituency offices.

She’s waiting to hear the outcome of the grievance complaints and the human rights tribunal process before commenting.

And when those pieces have completed, then I’ll make a decision about what happens with Mr. Miller,” Horwath said.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies