Not­ley slams Ken­ney over Soldiers of Odin pho­tos with UCP can­di­dates

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - KIERAN LEAVITT Not­ley ac­cuses Ken­ney of us­ing “dog whis­tle” pol­i­tics at thes­tar.com/ed­mon­ton

Premier Rachel Not­ley blasted Op­po­si­tion Leader Ja­son Ken­ney for “dog-whis­tle pol­i­tics” af­ter three party can­di­dates had pho­tographs taken of them at a pub night with the white na­tion­al­ist and anti-im­mi­grant group Soldiers of Odin.

“The UCP (United Con­ser­va­tive Party) has a bit of a prob­lem and quite frankly, Mr. Ken­ney needs to ad­dress this. Go­ing on Twit­ter to say the UCP is not racist, while im­por­tant, is clearly not enough,” Not­ley said at a Tues­day news con­fer­ence.

The pho­tos were taken at a United Con­ser­va­tive Party con­stituency pub night on Fri­day. UCP Ed­mon­ton-West Hen­day can­di­dates Nicole Wil­liams, Leila Houle and Lance Coul­ter were pho­tographed stand­ing along­side Soldiers of Odin mem­bers clad in black cloth­ing with patches that read “S.O.O.”

The can­di­dates have since said they didn’t know who the group was or what they rep­re­sented.

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