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Conservative party ends its investigation into complaint about a racist email

The Conservative Party of Canada has ended its investigation into a racist email sent to leadership contender Patrick Brown's campaign team after the party member purportedly behind it resigned their membership.
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Patrick Brown gestures at the Conservative Party of Canada English leadership debate in Edmonton, Alta., Wednesday, May 11, 2022. The Conservative Party of Canada says the member who sent Brown's leadership campaign a racist email has resigned their membership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The Conservative Party of Canada has ended its investigation into a racist email sent to leadership contender Patrick Brown's campaign team after the party member purportedly behind it resigned their membership.

Party spokesman Wayne Benson says the resignation terminates the investigation, adding information on the resigned member will be retained in case the person tries to rejoin the party at a later date.

The email came to light last week when Calgary MP Michelle Rempel Garner, who is helping Brown in the leadership race, shared a screenshot on Twitter of an email that she says the campaign received from an active party member.

The Canadian Press has not been provided with a copy of the email in question.

The text that Rempel Garner shared expresses support for Nazism and includes racist remarks directed at Black and Asian people. It ends with the author saying they support Pierre Poilievre, an Ottawa-area Conservative MP who is also running in the leadership race.

In response to the email flagged by Brown’s campaign last week, Poilievre said, "if you are a racist, I don’t want your vote."

The party also appointed a new member to its shadow cabinet on Monday, tapping British Columbia MP Dan Albas as its new finance critic.

Interim Party Leader Candice Bergen announced the move days after long-time MP Ed Fast stepped down from the position.

Fast's move came Wednesday shortly after he had criticized Poilievre for proposing to fire the Bank of Canada governor over the country's high inflation rate.

Fast, who is helping chair Jean Charest's bid for the party leadership, had told reporters he believed Poilievre's pledge hurt the party's credibility on economic issues and counted as interfering with the central bank's independence.

Some within caucus felt Fast had crossed a line by invoking his finance critic title in his remarks. Fast said he was made to feel like he needed to stay silent on Poilievre's attacks against the central bank and promotion of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin as a solution to inflation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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