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Libs demand NDP candidate resign over online remarks

VANCOUVER - The B.C. election got off to an ugly start today even before the campaign was officially declared as the Liberals demanded NDP Leader Adrian Dix fire one of his candidates for comments she made in an online forum.

Dayleen Van Ryswyk is running for the New Democrats in Kelowna-Mission and the Liberals point to a discussion thread on the Castanet community blog in which a user named Dayleen complained of having to compensate aboriginal people.

In another posting, the same user identifies herself as Van Ryswyk, a 2011 candidate for Kelowna city council, a fact noted on her NDP campaign website.

In a 2009 post the user Dayleen says — quote — "It's not the status cards, it's the fact that we have been paying out of the nose for generations for something that isn't our doing."

The post goes on to say: "If their ancestors sold out too cheap it's not my fault and I shouldn't have to be paying for any mistake or whatever you want to call it from MY hard earned money."

NDP Leader Adrian Dix says he knew nothing about it and brushed aside further questions and Van Ryswyk could not be reached for comment.

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