Caylan Ford left, resigned from her candidacy in Calgary-Mountain View. Jeremy Wong, right, has been announced as her replacement. (Caylan Ford/Facebook, Jeremy Wong/Facebook)
An ordained minister described as a leader in Calgary’s Chinese community has replaced the star United Conservative Party candidate who resigned earlier this week after controversial messages she sent came to light.
The party announced that Jeremy Wong will take the place of Caylan Ford in the riding of Calgary-Mountain View.
Wong ran against Ford in the party’s nomination race in December and lost on the second ballot, according to his Facebook post.
Ford stepped down Monday night in an effort to not be a distraction during campaign season. Private Facebook messages, which CBC has verified, show Ford once lamented there was a double standard for white supremacist terrorists.
On Tuesday, CBC obtained new messages that showed her questioning whether there were any “redeeming values” in LGBT Pride parades. Ford declined to comment on the record about this conversation.
Wong, who is from Calgary, is an ordained minister with Calgary Chinese Alliance Church, which profiles him on its website. He holds three degrees, including a master’s of divinity and a master’s of public policy.
“Jeremy is a committed conservative with a long history of giving back to the community,” UCP Leader Jason Kenney said in a news release.