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Ontario PCs dump nomination candidate over 'Muslim trash' comment
by Stephen Maher and Ainslie Cruickshank
The Ontario PC party rejected a candidate for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the riding of Carleton Friday, after he referred to his rival for the nomination as "Muslim trash."
The party doesn't disclose the reasons for disqualifying candidates for privacy reasons, said Nick Bergamini, a spokesperson for the PCs. But he confirmed the party did know about the comments.
"The Ontario PC Party is committed to the principles of inclusiveness and tolerance," he said.
In September, farmer and mechanical engineer Michael Nowak sent a Facebook message to fellow nomination candidate Brandon Purcell, saying he might withdraw from the race so that Purcell could "throw that Muslim trash to the curbside" – a comment that referred to fellow candidate and lawyer Goldie Ghamari.
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