‘Saddened and disappointed’
Ousted political party responds to Apple Blossom ban
The leader of a federal political party banned from all future Apple Blossom events does not believe the policies he backs around immigration fit in the farright category.
Founding National Citizens Alliance member Stephen Garvey admits his party’s policies reflect a strong stance on immigration but said the party does not condone any form of radical extremism.
“As a party, we condemn all forms of hate speech and also supremacy,” said Garvey, defending the party he formed in Alberta four years ago, in a phone interview May 29.
The organization became the subject of criticism following the NCA’S participation in the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival’s Grand Street Parade in Kentville May 26.
“It has come to our attention that a group participating in the parade was using the Grand Street Parade, which is a family-friendly event, to spread inappropriate political messages in the realm of what the festival board of directors and many public attendees consider hate speech,” reads a prepared statement released by the Apple Blossom Festival’s board of directors May 26.
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