EDMONTON – The Freedom Conservative Party says it has replaced two of its Alberta election candidates over controversial social media posts.
The party led by former UCP member Derek Fildebrandt says the people affected include Clayton Knutson in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and Wade Woywitka in Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright.
In Knutson’s case, the party was concerned about Islamophobic posts. In one case, Knutson stated on Facebook that “Islam is bad. Prove to me that Islam is good. The Koran
proves Islam is bad.”
Knutson also stated on Twitter that Islamaphobia is a fake word.
I defend calling out a fake term Islamophobia as being a bizarre made up word. Defend Christianophobia – Defend Buddhaophobia. It is a fake word! #TwitterTrollNews #abvotes #ableg #abpoli Islam is an ideology not a race. #ucp #fcp #abparty #ablib #abndp https://t.co/upbOfe1bOH
— Clayton Knutson (@Clayton_Inn_SL) March 23, 2019
Woywitka says he believes he was asked to step down over his involvement in the Yellow Vest movement and his views on immigrants.
With files from Global