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Controversial Liberal Jaime Battiste has won in Sydney-Victoria

The Liberal Party candidate Jaime Battiste in Sydney-Victoria has lost his seat. Battiste became a controversial figure after racist posts were unearthed.
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

The Liberal Party candidate Jaime Battiste in Sydney-Victoria has won his race. Battiste became a controversial figure in this election after sexist and racist posts were discovered on his social media.

To defend himself, Battiste stated that his comments, on Indigenous girls and drugs, needing a woman to do his laundry, and racists remarks about the Chinese, were made as a result of difficult circumstances in his life. The comments were made in 2012 and 2013.

Battiste ran against Conservative Party candidate Eddie Orrell, who took the place of long-time Conservative Member of Parliament, Mark Eyking, who had held the riding for 19 years.

Eddie Orrell has served as an MLA in Nova Scotia before he ran federally.

Nico Johnson
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