A Québec City lawyer says the federal New Democratic Party has dumped her as a candidate because she is transgendered.
Micheline Montreuil claims an NDP official told her the party has had a tough time attracting new candidates in the province because of her sexuality.
The prominent lawyer also says the party told her she lost the candidacy for statements she made in media interviews, her difficulty maintaining the local riding association and for not working in a team.
Ms. Montreuil was selected in April to carry the New Democrat banner in the provincial capital’s riding of Quebec.
Raymond Guardia, co-chair of the NDP election planning committee for Quebec, says Ms. Montreuil’s removal has nothing to do with her sexual orientation.
He says her candidacy was annulled because she was not a team player.
Mr. Guardia says Rivière-des-Milles-Iles NDP candidate Francis Chartrand was also recently removed for making statements that did not coincide with the goals of the party.
NDP Leader Jack Layton was not available for comment yesterday, but issued a statement, saying he supports the committee’s decision to drop Ms. Montreuil and Mr. Chartrand.
In September, the New Democrats scored a huge upset when former Québec environment minister Thomas Mulcair won a by-election in the Montréal riding of Outremont.
He is the party’s only Quebec MP.
…this post forwarded by Windsor Humanist, JoePk, after a December 16, 2007 article from The Canadian Press and printed in The Toronto Star