NDP leader Cam Broten has decided to drop one of his candidates after he made an inappropriate comment regarding violence against women on social media.
Clayton Wilson was running as the Saskatoon Northwest candidate.
Broten released a statement on Thursday afternoon regarding the situation:
Any comment which treats violence against women lightly is disgusting, period.
Therefore, I have removed Mr. Wilson as a candidate.
I understand this was many years ago, but I have a zero-tolerance policy on the issue of making light of domestic violence.
The Internet is certainly full of bad and inappropriate jokes and no one wants a campaign where every old retweet or Facebook post is dragged out in “gotcha” politics, but violence against women is a serious issue and comments which take sexual harassment lightly are below the standard we should all expect from our elected representatives.
In stark contrast to the Sask. Party, almost 50 per cent of our candidates in this election are women. I’m proud of that, because that’s how you change things.
– Cam Broten, Leader of Saskatchewan’s New Democrats
Clayton was also under fire on Wednesday after some of his old Facebook posts surfaced, in which he called farmers stupid.