Al­berta Party can­di­date apol­o­gizes for writ­ing racial slur in 2013 Face­book com­ment

Fort McMurray Today - - LO­CAL NEWS - VIN­CENT MCDER­MOTT To­day Staff The rid­ing of Fort Mcmur­ray-con­klin in­cludes all ru­ral ham­lets, as well as the neigh­bour­hoods of Abasand, Beacon Hill, Draper, Grayling Ter­race, all of Thick­wood south of Thick­wood Boule­vard, Saprae Creek, Wa­ter­ways and Wood

The Al­berta Party’s Fort Mcmur­ray-con­klin by­elec­tion can­di­date Sid Fayad has apol­o­gized for us­ing a racial slur on Face­book in 2013.

In a Sun­day evening state­ment sent to me­dia, Fayad ad­mit­ted he typed the word into the com­ment sec­tion of a Face­book post made five years ago.

Fayad was re­spond­ing to one per­son’s post which said “the real f---in n--ger is back!” Fayad re­sponded with “He’s the real f---in n--ger.”

On Sun­day, Fayad said the per­son he was re­spond­ing to re­ferred to him­self with the word at the time. He also said his friends were in­flu­enced by “rap cul­ture,” which is “full of pro­fan­ity and re­fer to peo­ple with names that are not ac­cept­able and viewed as of­fen­sive.”

Fayad said he had for­got­ten about the com­ment un­til he learned that the link had been sent to me­dia out­lets and a story was be­ing writ­ten about it.

“I am ex­tremely sorry and I apol­o­gize for the re­marks that I’ve made,” he said. “It was five years ago and it is not a re­flec­tion of my be­liefs or how I con­duct my­self to­day. I think the peo­ple of Fort Mcmur­ray de­serve the truth.”

Al­berta Party Leader Stephen Man­del says he has ac­cepted Fayad’s apol­ogy and that he re­mains the Fort Mcmur­ray-con­klin by­elec­tion can­di­date.

“Al­though we don’t con­done th­ese ac­tions, we ac­cept his apol­ogy,” said Man­del. “The party be­came aware this week­end this com­ment was made a num­ber of years ago, and it is not a re­flec­tion of who he is or what he’s about now.”

VIN­CENT MCDER­MOTT/ FORT MCMUR­RAY TO­DAY

Al­berta Party Leader Stephen Man­del and

Fort Mcmur­ray-con­klin can­di­date Sid Fayad cama­paign in Beacon Hill on Thurs­day, June 28, 2018.

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