“After stepping back and reflecting on recent events, I have decided to resign as the Liberal candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. I fully support Justin Trudeau, the Liberal team, and the real change they are bringing to Canadians. This election is far too important to have my past opinions and comments detract from that goal. I sincerely apologize to those I have offended. I will continue to devote myself to my music and humanitarian work.”
With that, the now former Liberal candidate Maria Manna, is done for this election.
Manna attracted a lot of unwanted attention over the weekend after some of her old Facebook posts surfaced in which she supported the belief that the official account of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in New York was a lie.
“So today we remember the tragedy of 911. Today we will talk about who did it and why. Today most people will continue to believe the lie and again, THEY continue to win. Thank God, I know the truth. LOVE is the answer!!!” she wrote on Facebook on Sept. 11, 2013.
The post has since been removed.
But the damage was done and Manna opted to resign.
Luke Krayenhoff was quickly elected to replace Manna as the Liberal candidate in the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding, and just under the wire as candidates had to register with Elections Canada before Monday, Sept. 28.
He had been seeking election in the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding but David Merner won the right to represent that riding.
“The Liberal Party of Canada is committed to ensuring the strongest representation for Canadians in communities across the country,” said party spokesperson Olivier Duchesneau in a brief press release.