For Immediate Release
September 25, 2008
Layton must fire candidate in Durham
DURHAM - NDP Leader Jack Layton must fire his candidate in the riding of Durham over inappropriate comments he made on the internet this summer on the subject of United States war deserters.
"Mr. Layton must fire his candidate in Durham, Andrew McKeever, who threatened people who didn't agree with him with physical violence in a web posting," said Durham Liberal Candidate Bryan Ransom.
The following quotes from Mr. McKeever's Facebook posts are intolerant and demonstrate lack of fitness for public office:
"Answer a direct f**king question you c**t. I can guarantee, if I ever see you face to face I will make you squeal for the same authority you have such a baseless disdain for" [to a woman poster on the Facebook group]
"...one by one the TraitorCriminalDeserters [US war deserters] will be sent back down south to face the music"
"Boyd [a poster to his Facebook group] if I ever see you anywhere in Toronto I will kick the sh*t out of you"
"There is no room for this kind of vicious, threatening attack in Canadian politics. These comments are beyond the pale and Jack Layton must denounce them and fire his candidate immediately," said Dan McTeague, Liberal Candidate for Pickering-Scarborough-East.
The complete exchange may be found at: http://www.liberal.ca/pdf/docs/080925_facebook_mckeever.pdf