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Tanya Granic Allen Under Fire

Grey County | by Kevin Bernard  

West Grey woman hoping to run for PCs criticized for social media comments.

A southern Grey county woman who is seeking the Conservative nomination in Mississauga Centre, is under fire for comments made on social media several years ago.

Tanya Granic Allen of West Grey, is getting blow-back for social media posts where she compared women in burkas to bank robbers, and for saying she doesn't believe people should dress like ninjas.

PC leader Doug Ford is distancing himself from the former leadership rival.

In a release to the Toronto Star, Ford says her comments do not reflect the position of Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford or the party.

Over the weekend, Tanya Granic Allen told the Toronto Star that she believes in a pluralistic society and condemns the traditional dress worn by women in some Muslim societies as a “tool of oppression.”

She has made other comments in the past as an outspoken social conservative active in the fight against the Wynne government's sex education curriculum and a law banning conversion therapy for gay teens.

Granic Allen's comments are coming under increased scrutiny as the 39-year-old mother of four seeks the Conservative nomination in Mississauga Centre.

Those online comments, which date back to 2013 and 2014, were condemned by the Liberals and New Democrats, who said it would be up to Tory Leader Doug Ford to decide whether he wants someone with those beliefs as a candidate.

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