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A Conservative riding association director in Ontario who posted online comments describing “Indians” as “self-loathing” and the Cree woman recently crowned Mrs. Universe as a “monster” was punted Tuesday from her position after the party became aware of her social media diatribes.
Sue MacDonell was on the board of directors for the newly formed Bay of Quinte Conservative riding association. She was also an active volunteer for Bay of Quinte Conservative candidate Jodie Jenkins’ campaign. Campaign officials confirmed she had recently done some door-to-door canvassing in the riding.
All that appears to have ended after the party learned of MacDonell’s social media comments. The party issued a statement through riding association president John Bonn saying MacDonell was forced from her position.
“This morning, the Bay of Quinte Electoral District Association became aware that one of its board members had posted some inappropriate content on her personal social media site, in her personal capacity. Upon become aware of the content, the association required and accepted her resignation effective immediately,” said the statement. “The views expressed by the now former board member will not be tolerated and do not reflect those of the Bay of Quinte EDA.”
APTN National News contacted MacDonell Tuesday morning asking her to confirm her views.
“What about them?” said MacDonell.
MacDonell then hung up the phone after an APTN reporter read the comments she posted back to her.
“Sorry, not interested,” she said.
APTN also contacted Jenkins and asked him if he shared her views.
“I have no idea what you are talking about,” said Jenkins. “You are catching me completely off-guard.”
MacDonell describes herself as a former Toronto police sergeant on her Facebook page where she recently posted a photo of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen, along with anti-immigration links referencing the rising migrant crisis in Europe.
Just recently, MacDonell posted a link from right-wing shock website The Rebel Media about Ash Callingbull, the Cree woman recently crowned Mrs. Universe. The article said Callingbull compared Harper to Hitler.
MacDonell wrote that Callingbull was an “entitled liberal pet” and a “monster.” After one poster said the pageant should take back the crown over the Hitler comparison, MacDonell blasted all First Nation people.
“From an Indian??? LOL!!!! They’re allowed to break every law we have and bankrupt the country,” wrote MacDonell.
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MacDonell has also posted her own ideas about how to end racism.
“If Indians want to eradicate racism, then assimilate. Ditch the Halloween costumes…and adopt 20thCentury dress, leave the reserves, stop acceding to demands made by chiefs who live like millionaires while their subjects live in poverty, find unemployment, stop demanding money you haven’t earned, become educated and join our society,” she said in a Jan. 24 Facebook post.
MacDonell has been consistently posting comments along the same themes since as far back as 2012, according to several screen grabs obtained by APTN National News.
“Indians loathe us and have no self-respect,” said MacDonell, who referred to right-wing agitator Ezra Levant in her 2013 Facebook post.
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NDP candidate Niki Ashton, who is the party’s Aboriginal affairs critic, said the comments were “disgusting” and “clearly racist.” She said MacDonell held a position with the party which demanded the prime minister clarify where he stood in regards to the views.
“Does the prime minister stand by these comments?” said Ashton.
Liberal candidate Michele Audette, who is the former head of a national Indigenous women’s organization, said she found MacDonell’s comments “hurtful” and ignorant.
“She must apologize and resign,” said Audette. “(The Conservative party) does attract people with lots of ignorance.”
The Bay of Quinte riding was recently created and one of its boundaries skirts the edge of the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve.