The PCU disqualifies a candidate who compared the vaccine policy to the Nazi regime

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The PCU disqualifies a candidate who compared the vaccination policy to the Nazi regime

Nadine Wellwood (right) with Alberta Premier Danielle Smith at the United Conservative Party annual convention in October.

The United Conservative Party (UCP) board of directors has disqualified a potential candidate in an Alberta riding who notably compared the policy of COVID-19 vaccine passports to those carried out by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime.

Disqualified contestant Nadine Wellwood also endorsed the use of ivermectin, a purported cure for COVID-19.

She hoped to represent the riding of Livingstone-Macleod in southern Alberta in the May 2023 provincial election.

Ms Wellwood appealed the decision on Monday, but her petition was denied on Thursday.

“ I believe that the party elite reacted beyond their authority and that such action jeopardizes the integrity of the PCU.

—Natalie Wellwood, disqualified contestant

On Saturday, the United Conservative Party's communications director confirmed that Ms Wellwood's appeal request had indeed been rejected, but declined to provide further details.

Natalie Wellwood, who had been a candidate for the People's Party of Canada in the federal election, did not respond to requests from CBC/Radio-Canada.

Ms. Wellwood nevertheless explained last Monday that she would make no apologies for what she believes to be strong opinions, but would provide more context when commenting or sharing information in the future.

Ms Wellwood's disqualification leaves the United Conservative Party without a candidate in the Livingstone-Macleod constituency after MP Roger Reid announced he would not seek a second term. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office, Danielle Smith, said the party has a procedure for dealing with internal party affairs.

D' after information from Joel Dryden

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