Conservative Party member resigns over racist email

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A Conservative Party member who sent a racist email to Patrick Brown’s leadership campaign has resigned his membership, ending the party’s investigation into the matter.

The former party member expressed his support for Nazism and Adolf Hitler and made racist remarks about several ethnic groups in the email sent last week to the Brown campaign, after the campaign denounced the theory of the racist “white replacement” conspiracy in an e-mail.

The party launched the investigation in response to a complaint filed by the Brown campaign. He informed the leadership campaigns Sunday night of the resignation, according to public affairs strategist Chisholm Pothier, who works for the Brown campaign.

Michelle Rempel Garner, a Conservative MP and Brown’s campaign co-chair who first brought the email to public attention, welcomed the news on Twitter.

“Happy to see this person resign as a result of the investigation. If there’s one thing we should all agree on, it’s that there is no home for racism at @ CPC_HQ,” she tweeted.

The author of the email said in the email that he supported Pierre Poilievre, Brown’s rival for the Conservative leadership.

Poilievre said in a statement after the email became public that the member should lose his party membership and that racism has no place in his campaign or in the party.

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