Ayotte removed from Kiiwetinoong PC candidate’s team
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Kiiwetinoong Riding candidate Clifford Bull has parted ways with a member of his campaign team.
On May 15 Jesse Brown of Canadaland posted on Twitter “This appears to be a deleted tweet from Anne Ayotte @Annie4NorthON (formerly @annie4wo), who is running the campaign of Clifford Bull (@votebull2018), Doug Ford’s candidate in Kiiwetinoong. Note that she is calling for the eradication of people, not beliefs.”
The tweet he uncovered, screen-shot, and shared on Twitter, was a reply by Anne Ayotte @ Annie4nwo to Tarek Fatah @TarekFatah, an author, columnist, and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.
In her reply Ayotte allegedly tweeted, “Islamism is not a true religion, it is a fraud being perpetuated on the world. They must be eradicated otherwise they will eradicate us.”
That day, Bull @VoteBull2018 posted the following statement on Twitter. “I was surprised and disappointed to learn about a comment made on social media by an individual on my campaign team. Upon review of the comment, we immediately decided to part ways with this individual. The Ontario PC Party is a big tent that welcomes Ontarians of all faiths and backgrounds. There is no place for disrespectful or hateful comments in our Party.”
Sioux Lookout’s Garnet Angeconeb, an Order of Canada recipient for his work to foster better race relations, is calling for the provincial PC party and Kiiwetinoong PC association to revoke Ayotte’s membership and completely sever all affiliations with her.
In a letter to Bull, Angeconeb commented, “I acknowledge your actions to distance yourself from Anne Ayotte whose targeted social media comments about a group of people is not only racist, it is hatred. For one to use such strong terms as “eradicate” is threatening even in Kiiwetinoong where people of Muslim culture make their home.”
Angeconeb went on to state, “As an Anishinaabe citizen living in the Kiiwetinoong Riding, I ask you to do the right thing and have Anne Ayotte immediately removed from your riding association including the provincial party. There is no room for racism and hatred in Sioux Lookout, in Kiiwetinoong, in the province, and country.”
“I have NEVER said anything about Muslims nor would I ever, they are NOT the same thing (as Islamism),” Ayotte shared on Twitter.
Fatah tweeted on May 16 in Ayotte’s defense with regard to the comment she allegedly tweeted, “She is 100% right. Islamism is NOT Islam; it’s a fascist political ideology.”
Ayotte maintains through Twitter her comment was taken out of context, adding the whole situation has left her feeling deeply hurt.