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Alberta PC campaign manager resigns after ‘Islamaphobic’ online comments

WATCH ABOVE: An Alberta PC campaign manager has resigned after a series of controversial debate. Tom Vernon has more.

EDMONTON — The campaign manager for Progressive Conservative candidate David Xiao has resigned following a series of controversial tweets.

Graham Fletcher was campaign manager for Edmonton-McClung and constituency association president.

In a tweet Monday, the Alberta PC Party said it had accepted Fletcher’s resignation, adding “there is no place for these views in our party.”

Fletcher himself sent out two tweets that seemed to address Monday’s events, writing “It appears my remarks that I detest those who would implement Sharia Law and dehumanizing head wear is characterized as Islamaphobic. Silly” and “however to avoid some ridiculous notions that the PCAA reflects all my views, I resigned as Campaign Manager for Edmonton McClung.”

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Tweets from Graham Fletcher on April 20, 2015.
Tweets from Graham Fletcher on April 20, 2015. Credit: Twitter/ @fletcher01

Fletcher has been criticized for some of his online comments, including a Facebook response to an article and several tweets in regards to the #illridewithyou social media trend.

Tweets from Graham Fletcher, Dec. 16, 2014.
Tweets from Graham Fletcher, Dec. 16, 2014. Credit: Twitter/ @fletcher01
Tweets from Graham Fletcher, January 2015.
Tweets from Graham Fletcher, January 2015. Credit: Twitter/ @fletcher01

Wildrose candidate Saqib Raja released a statement about Fletcher’s comments, which the party called “anti-Muslim.”

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“Mr. Fletcher’s comments are deeply offensive,” said Raja.

“He was right to step aside, but an apology from the candidate is also in order.  Alberta embraces ethnic and religious diversity.  It is important that everyone involved in politics respect the faith of other Albertans.   I am proud to be running for Wildrose, which respects the religious beliefs of all Albertans, regardless of their ethnic identity.”