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The Conservative Party is disassociating itself with a Toronto-area candidate, stating that racism and Islamophobia have no place in the party.

The party announced late Friday that Lisa Robinson would no longer represent the Conservative Party in Beaches-East York.

The decision came after the riding’s Liberal candidate, Nate Erskine-Smith, posted screen shots of Twitter posts allegedly written by Ms. Robinson that include derogatory comments toward Muslims.

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Conservative spokesperson Cory Hann confirmed the decision Friday evening.

“Racism and Islamophobia has no place in the Conservative Party of Canada. Our expectation is that all of our candidates conduct themselves in a respectful, tolerant manner. Consequently, we have terminated this individual as a candidate,” he said in a statement.

Ms. Robinson strongly denies authoring the posts and told The Globe she has filed a complaint with the Durham Police to say she is being targeted by anonymous individuals online.

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