Conservative Party investigating racist email sent to Brown campaign

The Conservative Party of Canada said it was investigating a complaint from Patrick Brown’s campaign about a racist email that expressed support for Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown’s campaign co-chair for the Conservative leadership, posted the text of the email on her Twitter account on Wednesday.

In it, the sender expresses support for Hitler and Nazism and makes hateful and racist remarks about a number of ethnic groups. The sender goes on to say that he supports Pierre Poilievre, a Tory MP who is one of Brown’s rivals in the Tory leadership campaign.

Rempel Garner said the message was sent to the Brown campaign after the campaign was emailed denouncing the ‘white replacement’ conspiracy theory, which has been a source of tension in the leadership race ever since. that a gunman killed 10 black people in Buffalo, NY last weekend.

She added that Brown’s campaign confirmed the message came from an active member of the Conservative Party.

“The campaign forwarded this email to the party’s executive director and requested that this membership be revoked. We expect all campaigns to support this call,” Rempel Garner said in a follow-up tweet.

“No one who adheres to these vile beliefs should have a place in the Conservative Party of Canada.”

In a tweet, the Conservative Party said it would investigate the complaint under the party’s membership revocation regulations.

“The Conservative Party of Canada condemns racism in all its forms. We take all allegations of racism seriously,” the party said in a tweet.

In a statement sent to CBC News, Poilievre denounced racism.

“I reject all racism. If you are racist, I don’t want your vote. Anyone promoting racism has no place in our party and should lose their membership,” he said.

Brown campaign emails attack Poilievre

The email and investigation follow a campaign email the Brown team sent earlier on Wednesday, implying that Poilievre was trying to appeal to racists.

The email says a Poilievre supporter said Brown’s strategy in the race was to “replace CCP members with ethnic and religious minorities,” but the email does not name the alleged supporter. of Poilievre and does not go into detail.

“If this kind of alarming language about ‘replacing’ people sounds familiar, it might be because it sounds a lot like the racist rants of Pat King, one of the organizers of the illegal blockades that took place in our country a few months ago,” Brown said in the email.

Brown attacked Poilievre for his vocal support of the protest convoy.

The email mentions King’s comments in a video about a plot to “depopulate” the “Anglo-Saxon race”.

Earlier this week, in an interview with psychologist and author Jordan Peterson, Poilievre said in response to a question about his political appeal that he speaks in “clear and simple language that makes sense to people” and uses ” simple Anglo-Saxon words”. it does not obscure what he is trying to say.

On Wednesday, Patrick Brown’s campaign sent out an email that attempted to link the language of “Freedom Convoy” organizer Pat King to that of Poilievre. Poilievre and Brown traded barbs in a heated Conservative leadership race. (The Canadian Press)

Brown said in the email that while he doesn’t believe Poilievre is racist, he makes a connection between King’s beliefs and Poilievre’s words.

“Before I make my next point, let me say that there are things being said about Pierre Poilievre online that just aren’t true. On the one hand, I don’t believe Pierre Poilievre has any racist views,” Brown said in the email.

“But when Pierre Poilievre says things like ‘I’m a fan of using simple Anglo-Saxon words’, who does he think he’s addressing? Who is he trying to get into the Conservative Party? “

Brown ends the email by denouncing the white replacement conspiracy theory, saying it will never allow him “to flourish in the Conservative Party.”

Poilievre and Brown traded barbs throughout the campaign. Poilievre lashed out at Brown for passages in his book that are critical of social conservatives and accused him more than once of making misleading statements.