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The election campaign has moved past the halfway mark and the leaders of Ontario’s main political parties have been spreading out in search of votes.

While in Hamilton today, Ford was asked to comment on his Brantford-Brant candidate Will Bouma after a published report said he oversaw a religious publication that made homophobic statements.

“Anyone who knows Will and his family knows those are not his views matter a fact I’ll say that again, not his views. 100%, not his views,” Ford said

Opposition parties have called for Bouma to resign.

Harvey Bischof NDP candidate for Brantford-Brant released the following statement on reports that PC candidate Will Bouma headed a committee that published homophobic materials:

“2SLGBTQIA+ folks in Brantford-Brant deserve to feel safe and welcome. There’s no room for homophobic hate in our community, province or anywhere else. Mr. Bouma’s views are unacceptable and don’t reflect the values of families in Brantford-Brant,” said Bischof. “We can’t let Mr. Bouma, or anyone else who shares his views, erode the hard-won progress of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.  We need to send the message to 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, and others hurt by his actions, that they are seen and loved, and that they belong here in Ontario.”

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