Scheer on the defensive about Kanata-Carleton candidate Justina McCaffrey
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is on the defensive again about his Kanata-Carleton candidate Justina McCaffrey.
On Saturday, several Liberals took to social media to share an appearance by McCaffrey back in 2013 with far-right political commentator Faith Goldy. Goldy is among six Canadian people and groups banned by Facebook in April after the platform decided they had broken its policy on spreading hate.
In a statement to CTV News on Saturday, McCaffrey says, "This video is from 2013. I haven’t seen her in several years.”
The Liberals also raised comments McCaffrey made about Trudeau being "preoccupied" with Quebec and francophones.
Scheer hit the campaign trail with McCaffrey on Saturday afternoon in Kanata where McCaffrey was asked about her friendship with Goldy. McCaffrey did not answer reporters, but she is apologizing for her comments about Trudeau.
My statement: pic.twitter.com/clfhCD4l3n— Justina McCaffrey (@JustinaCPC) September 14, 2019
Kanata-Carleton Conservative candidate @JustinaCPC addressed the audience for less than 3 minutes before @AndrewScheer arrived - she was gone seconds after reporters asked about friendship with controversial @FaithGoldy @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/bseQz0XpEA— Mike Arsalides (@MArsalidesCTV) September 14, 2019
Scheer says he won't have anything to do with Goldy and is accusing the Liberals of trying to distract from their record in government and their own problematic candidates, including one accused of making anti-Semitic comments who has since quit the race.
The Conservative leader says his party has been open about issues with its candidates, including some who have apologized for past comments, using it as a way to draw a distinction with Justin Trudeau.
Andrew Scheer arrives in Kanata to greet @JustinaCPC running against @liberal_party incumbent @karenmccrimmon - @AndrewScheer saying he is the leader Canadians can trust @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/xcfMdWwf3J— Mike Arsalides (@MArsalidesCTV) September 14, 2019
The Tories are looking to win the Kanata-Carleton riding against Liberal incumbent Karen McCrimmon who was victorious 4 years ago by 8-thousand votes.
-With files from the Canadian Press