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The deputy leader of the Green Party of Manitoba is accusing the NDP of dirty politics, going as far to say one of its candidates dropped out of the campaign after he was "blackmailed" with a past social media post.
Kate Storey, who is running for the Greens in Dauphin, said the party expected to field a slate of more than 30 candidates until the NDP started threatening candidates.
"We have 30 (candidates), which is half the roster," Storey said. "We had a few more. The NDP really, well, they blackmailed one of ours."
Storey said the candidate in question has an "outward-facing" career dealing with the public.
The NDP dug up an old social media post where he made a "crude joke" about drinking and driving, according to Storey.
"They’re really playing dirty here, but then that’s politics," Storey said. "He didn’t want his job threatened, so he just bowed out."
Storey wouldn’t name the candidate, but did say that he was officially registered with Elections Manitoba to run in a Winnipeg constituency.
An official with Elections Manitoba confirmed that the Greens had one candidate drop out of the campaign following the writ drop.
Nelson Oepkes planned on running for the Greens in Southdale before quietly exiting the race.
Southdale is expected to be one of the key battlegrounds in seat-rich Winnipeg. The constituency was formerly represented by New Democrat Erin Selby. In the 2011 election, Selby won with nearly 52 per cent of the vote, with the Tory candidate garnering close to 45 per cent.
Selby was one of the Rebel Five revolt of senior cabinet ministers who questioned Greg Selinger’s leadership. Selby resigned in September to run for the federal NDP in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital, where she finished a distant third in the October election.
New Democrat Dashi Zargani, Progressive Conservative Andrew Smith and Liberal Ryan Colyer are vying for the Southdale seat in the provincial election on Tuesday.
NDP spokesman Andrew Tod said he knew nothing of the Green party’s allegations.
"With all due respect to the Green party, we don’t know what they're talking about," Tod said.
The Brandon Sun attempted to contact Oepkes, but was unsuccessful.
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