SECOND ANTI-MUSLIM BOZO ERUPTION FROM UCP CANDIDATE RAISES NEW QUESTIONS FOR KENNEY

A second UCP candidate who posted anti-Muslim slurs to the internet has dropped out of a nomination race -- a development that raises new questions for UCP leader Jason Kenney about how he is dealing with extremists within his party.

On March 8, 2017, Calgary-Glenmore candidate Maureen Gow Zelmer posted to Facebook a meme stating the Muslim Prophet Muhammed practiced hatred and pedophilia. The explicit and offensive graphic is still available to view on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154940294936093&set=a.10150534983301093.429595.713216092&type=3

Last week, months after entering the nomination race, Ms. Gow Zelmer withdrew her candidacy. Gow Zelmer’s decision comes on the heels of a controversy surrounding the candidacy of Todd Beasley for promoting similar racist slurs.

Given Ms. Gow Zelmer’s decision to abandon her bid months after posting anti-Muslim slurs, the public is left to ask, “What on earth is going on in the UCP?”

 “At a time when we’re seeing the rise of vocal hatred and bigotry, I find it disturbing that people espousing these kinds of views feel they have a home in the UCP,” said NDP spokesperson David Shepherd.