The Conservative party led by Erin O’Toole is having a hard time campaigning in the Greater Toronto area, which has been hurt by the party’s stances on vaccine and Islamophobia.
The disapproval comes after a Nova Scotia Conservative Party candidate, Steven Cotter, apologized for social media posts where he was racist towards Islam after he mocked the burqa and retweeted outright racist and Anti-Muslim posts.
Earlier this month, Cotter deleted several posts online in which he asked Canadians to support a burqa ban and questioned whether newcomers to Canada should receive funding at what he claimed was the expense of military veterans.
“In the past, I have shared social media posts without thinking about how these posts might hurt or offend others. I have deleted these posts and apologize unreservedly,” Cotter said, adding that Islamophobia has “no place” in Nova Scotia.
On Friday, the Conservative party launched their greatest campaign in Mississauga, where the party confirmed that they had expelled a candidate Lisa Robinson for her anti-Islam tweets.
One of her posts said that: “Muslim Population should go home if our Canadian heritage offends you too much“.
Since her disavowment from the party, Robinson has deleted her Twitter account.
“While this candidate is no longer with the Conservatives, Erin O’Toole continues to stand by his candidate in Nova Scotia who has made racist comments. At the very least, he should remove his candidate in Central Nova,” Alex Wellstead, spokesperson for the Liberals.
“Erin O’Toole wouldn’t even vote to condemn Islamophobia when given the opportunity, so why should Canadians trust him now?”
Some Muslim communities in Canada believe that this is just the beginning and if given the power to conservatives such anti-Islam voices would gradually surface to the point where the feeling of being at home would diminish.