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For the sixth time since the start of the federal election campaign, the Conservatives have dismissed another of their candidates.

Party spokesman Kory Teneycke said Tuesday that Blair Dale, a candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador, had been removed as a candidate because of comments posted on Facebook that were "incompatible with our party."

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Dale had been running for the Tories in the riding of Bonavista—Burin—Trinity.

Teneycke wouldn't discuss specifics about the comments.

He said every party attempts to vet candidates as best they can.

"There are obviously cracks in that system for everyone," he said.

"But I think it's one of the hazards of the modern world that social media and things like this are part of your public record whether you want them to be or not."

Earlier this month the Conservatives parted ways with Toronto-area candidates Jerry Bance and Tim Dutaud.

Bance, who was running in Scarborough Rouge Park, was removed after reportedly being caught on camera urinating into a coffee cup while he was an appliance repairman.

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Dutaud, the candidate in Toronto-Danforth, was dismissed after the Conservatives confirmed a man seen making prank calls in several YouTube videos — including one where he pretended to have a mental disability —was Dutaud.

Three other would-be Conservative MPs in Quebec — Augustin Ali Kitoko, Gilles Guibord and Buddy Ford — were also turfed amid controversy during the first phase of the campaign in August.

The New Democrats and Liberals aren't immune.

Morgan Wheeldon resigned as NDP candidate in the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants after controversial comments he allegedly made about the Middle East on Facebook.

Liberal Joy Davies quit as a candidate in the B.C. riding of South Surrey-White Rock, over pro-marijuana comments on Facebook. Ala Buzreba, a Liberal running in Alberta, resigned over offensive Twitter messages.

Editor's Note: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the Conservatives had dismissed three candidates since the start of the election campaign.

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