A "racist" affirmative action policy?

Last year, we noted not every provincial New Democrat seemed pleased with the party's decision to designate 15 constituencies as affirmative action ridings. And the controversy over the policy continues: according to the Oliver Chronicle's John Harding, on March 11, Boundary-Similkameen party nomination hopeful Lakvinder Jhaj told an all-candidates meeting that the policy "another form of racism. If I agree with this, then I'm saying racism is okay." A day later, she phoned the Oliver Chronicle to "take the comment back. It probably came out wrong. I don't believe the NDP policy is racist. I do apologize for any misunderstanding or offence that might have been taken by these comments." This, after receiving a call from New Democrat headquarters.

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