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Some Winnipeg mayoral contestants are condemning candidate Don Woodstock for standing up at a discussion board on girls’s points and stating Indigenous males are the reason for violence towards Indigenous girls.
Woodstock, a security-company proprietor who’s making his second run for mayor, informed an viewers of about 60 mayoral-campaign employees and atypical residents on Thursday night he believes “Aboriginal males” are the rationale violence is dedicated towards Indigenous girls.
Woodstock made the feedback Thursday night at a discussion board organized by the Council of Winnipeg Girls and held on the John Osborn unit of the Military Navy Air Power Veterans, in Polo Park.
All the candidates had been offered the identical questions, upfront, about how they’d enhance public security, Winnipeg Transit and housing for ladies on this metropolis.
When it was Woodstock’s flip to deal with security, he stated “Aboriginal” males do not respect Indigenous girls, and that’s the reason there may be violence towards Indigenous girls.
After the discussion board, he repeated his feedback.
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“In my opinion, in what I’ve seen and what I hear, Indigenous males and youths want to return to the desk to unravel this downside of lacking and murdered Indigenous girls. That is the hyperlink,” Woodstock stated.
“Normally, in case you discuss to them and hearken to them and pay attention how they view and worth girls, it is not the identical as how I view and worth girls.”
Woodstock went on to say Indigenous males have too many sexual and romantic companions.
“Why do some kids see themselves as the one factor that’s good for them is to have a number of wives, a number of sweethearts, a number of moms, a number of households?” he requested, including he doesn’t consider his opinion is controversial. “I am supplying you with my view of what I’ve seen.”
Fellow mayoral candidates Jenny Motkaluk, Rick Shone and Shaun Loney condemned Woodstock’s feedback as racist.
Candidate Rana Bokhari briefly walked out when Woodstock made his feedback.
‘Disgraceful, disrespectful, fully inaccurate’
“I do not assume I wanted to take a seat right here and hearken to him spew that absolute disgraceful, disrespectful, fully inaccurate, factually incorrect, perpetuating-more-violence-against-women remark,” she stated, including Woodstock ought to have been requested to depart the discussion board.
“Whenever you victimize a few of the most susceptible individuals within the metropolis, it is best to go. This is not the place for you.”
Discussion board organizer Brenda Buleziuk stated she was upset.
“It saddens me to listen to individuals nonetheless speaking like that, as in the event that they’re nonetheless again at nighttime ages,” she stated.
Robert-Falcon Ouellette, the one Indigenous candidate on the discussion board, arrived too late to listen to Woodstock’s remark.
“A real Indigenous male who respects what it means to be Indigenous and follows the Indigenous philosophy and the warrior lifestyle has a variety of respect for the entire household,” he stated.
The Thursday discussion board was attended by 10 out of 11 Winnipeg mayoral candidates: Idris Adelakun, Bokhari, Chris Clacio, Scott Gillingham, Loney, Motkaluk, Glen Murray, Ouellette, Shone and Woodstock.
Solely Kevin Klein, the outgoing councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, selected to not attend.
A lot of the candidates who took half within the discussion board used their time on the microphone to make passionate statements about the necessity to shield girls, refugees, the LGBT neighborhood and different susceptible Winnipeggers.
However there was additionally standard politicking. Motkaluk accused Murray, town’s former mayor, and Gillingham, the outgoing St. James councillor, for failing to enhance Winnipeg throughout their time in workplace.
Murray and Gillingham additionally relitigated a dispute from July, when the previous mayor blamed the councillor for ushering out a program that aided refugees.
Two candidates additionally heaped scorn on Winnipeg Transit. Motkaluk stated buses within the metropolis are so unsafe, she wouldn’t enable her teenage daughter to take the bus.
Shone stated his spouse, a police officer, was assaulted whereas she was ready for the bus.
There are at the least 10 extra debates scheduled earlier than election day on Oct. 26.