NDP candidate told to quit

The federal NDP candidate for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo was asked by the party to step down after inflammatory Tweets were discovered on his account.

Region NDP president Bill Sundhu released a statement Wednesday from Dock Currrie acknowledging that he has been asked to step down as the candidate by the federal party.

Currie's Twitter account is no longer active and the offending tweets have been removed.

"It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to inform you that I have been asked to, and have agreed to, withdraw my candidacy for NDP MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo," Currie said in the statement.

"I am incredibly disappointed that I won't be able to be the voice to offer a social democratic alternative to the Liberals and Conservatives in the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo," Currie said. "I am not stepping down for personal reasons. Rather, I have been asked to step down as a result of problematic social media engagement two years ago, made in a context in which I was a graduate student without any designs on public life."

Currie went on to say that he apologizes for the comments, but he disagrees with the process that forced him out of the race.

"I want also to make clear that while I regret and apologize for the comments I made to two pro-pipeline activists two years ago, and understand how they would be a needless distraction to the party and national campaign, I nonetheless disagree with both the content and process of the decision that prevents me from championing these policies that I deeply and passionately believe in," Currie said.

Castanet has asked for further comment from the party.

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