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Liberals knew of B.C. candidate's drunk-driving conviction

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.

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"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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