Until Tuesday afternoon a page titled “The NDP doesn’t respect your faith” existed on the official website of the Conservative Party of Canada, including a button reading, “Fuck ’em”.
Conservative spokeswoman Megan Murdoch, after visiting the page Tuesday, said she would confirm whether the page was actually the party’s or not, adding that fake pages have been created over the campaign.
The URL for the page was “http://dev.conservative.ca/cpc/test-images-template/,” apparently indicating the page was a template on a subdomain intended for pages still under development.
Shortly after the Gazette asked Murdoch about the page, all pages on the “dev.conservative.ca” subdomain went offline to the public.
All pages on the subdomain had boxes for readers to fill in with their name, email and postal code to subscribe to a newsletter.
But while the campaign pages on the subdomain had “submit” buttons labelled “I agree!”, “Add my name!” and “I support lower taxes!”, the submit button on the template page read, “Fuck ’em”.
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