A Vancouver Island woman running to be an NDP candidate in the upcoming election says she is calling it quits over harassment and sexism.
Georgia Collins used a Facebook post to announce her withdrawal from the Cowichan Valley BC NDP candidacy race.
“I wish I could say that my decision is unrelated to sexism and harassment that I experienced during my campaign, but that would be untrue,” reads part of her statement.
Collins also says she is disappointed by the party’s ability to respond to her concerns about the harassment.
She thanks everyone who supported her and those who choose to speak up.
Word of Collins stepping away has come as a shock to fellow candidate in the nomination race, Lori Iannidinardo.
She says she had heard something was being dealt with behind closed doors but was not privy to it and had no idea the extent of the issue.
“This is something we should be discussing and likely will be discussing – and I will be discussing because this is something in this day and age that is serious and that if there is somebody struggling like that we will – we need to – discuss that.”
Iannidinardo says they party has lost a really great candidate.
Treasurer Amber Hockin says they take the matter seriously.
“We are disappointed about the circumstances surrounding Georgia Collins’ nomination campaign and her decision to withdraw. She has raised concerns with us about the conduct of a private citizen who was part of her campaign team,” read a statement from Hockin.
She says they are investigating the matter further.