When it comes to Canadian politics, you need to have a crystal-clear past if you expect to have a drama-free campaign. In the social media age, it's hard to keep anything private, and that seemed to be the case for one Green Party candidate who has just been fired for her anti-abortion views. Marthe Lépine of the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell riding in eastern Ontario has been dropped after making comments online about abortion.
According to CBC, a spokesperson for the party, John Chenery said that the party voted on October 6 to remove Lépine and asked her to "cease representing herself as a Green candidate." However, since election day is pretty close, the party missed the deadline to remove her name from the ballot.
In the CBC article, it is said that Chenery didn't elaborate on what led to Lépine being dismissed but did confirm that it had to do with her anti-abortion views.
The article states that Lépine said she leaves comments on Catholic blogs but actually insisted they're unharmful. Lépine says that her Catholic view is that abortion is a bad thing but, according to CBC, says that, "I understand some people feel like they have no real choice ... it should be avoided as much as possible."
"I think it's basically flagrant discrimination because I'm Catholic, so they're afraid I'd say something that upsets them."
Lépine is not the first candidate to be released from her duties. Just a few days ago, the Conservative candidate of Burnaby, Heather Leung had been fired due to some transphobic and anti-LGBTQ comments she has made in the past.
Leung is in the same boat, she was dismissed but due to being passed the deadline, she also remains on the ballot but if voted for, will be considered independent and not Conservative.
That doesn't seem to be the case for Jaime Battiste. The Cape Breton Liberal candidate in the Sydney-Victoria riding recently had several tweets uncovered that were seen as "sexist", "racist", and "homophobic."
When Trudeau was asked why an apology was just fine, Trudeau said that "Mr. Battiste took responsibility for his actions and apologized."
The closer it gets to election day, the harder people are working to uncover dirt on their opponents. With elections just a few days away, expect to see some last-minute attempts to bring down other candidates. But this is all a part of politics!