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A candidate for the Liberals in British Columbia was once convicted of drunk driving, a spokeswoman for Leader Michael Ignatieff confirmed late Wednesday.

Mandheep Bhuller, the candidate for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission, was fined $800 and prohibited from driving for one year after he was found driving over the legal limit in 2003.

Mr. Bhuller suffers from spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair, said Leslie Church, the director of communications for Mr. Ignatieff.

"The party is fully aware of his past," she said.

"He is no longer able to drive at all. He has persevered as a local community advocate despite this disability and shown contrition for his conviction, using his own experience to raise awareness and educate others," Ms. Church said.

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