‘Sad­dened and dis­ap­pointed’

Ousted po­lit­i­cal party re­sponds to Ap­ple Blos­som ban

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY ASHLEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

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.

See SAD­DENED, A2

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