HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia NDP candidate has fired a staffer for calling her Liberal opponent an "outspoken homophobe."
Nathaniel Cole, who was working on NDP candidate Ramona Jennex's re-election campaign ahead of the Oct. 8 provincial election here, wrote to a gay rights group at Acadia University.
"Ramona would be interested in meeting with members and allies of the Acadia Pride community," reads the Sept. 19 letter from Cole to the group. "As you may know, she is currently being challenged for her seat in this election by the outspoken homophobe Keith Irving."
On Tuesday, Irving appeared with Liberal MP Scott Brison, who is openly gay, and vehemently denied the accusation and lamented these kinds of baseless personal attacks makes voters cynical of the political process.
"I've been knocking on doors for the past four months and hearing the anger and frustration from citizens on the behaviour of politicians and how politics is being done. This just feeds that fire," Irving told QMI Agency.
Jennex said she fired Cole Tuesday as soon as she learned about the e-mail. She has also reportedly phoned Irving to personally apologize.