The Liberal Party of British Columbia has rejected political commentator and potential outsider candidate Aaron Gunn's application to run in the province's leadership race, reports CHEK News' Rob Shaw.
According to tweets by Shaw, the reason for Gunn's rejection is due to rules that "no candidate can bring the party into disrepute."
Shaw also says that the party's leadership committee did not "like his views on residential schools.
According to an official Liberal Party news release, Gunn's candidacy would be "inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party's commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians."
The party claims to have gone through a "thorough review of Mr. Gunn's statements on social media, both public and private."
In response, Gunn tweeted "Today, it became clear that conservatives, and all British Columbians who believe in common sense and freedom of speech, are no longer welcome in today’s BC Liberal Party." A full statement will be released by Gunn "later today."
"The fight is only just beginning," Gunn concluded.
Full statement by the BC Liberal Party below: