Vancouver NDP candidate steps down over racy photos
New Democrat in Vancouver-False Creek riding says he regrets
'inappropriate material' posted on his Facebook account
— A British Columbia New Democratic Party candidate has stepped down to stem
a controversy over racy photos posted on his Facebook account.
was made regarding inappropriate material on my private Facebook page,” Ray
Lam, NDP candidate for Vancouver False-Creek, said Sunday night in a
“I regret this material and the associated comments that have now become
“I do not want this to be a distraction in the election campaign and have
advised the party that I am stepping down.”
A photo on Ray Lam’s Facebook account.
NDP president Jeff Fox said the party would nominate a new candidate in the
next few days.
The photos were posted Sunday on media websites after being spotted on Mr.
Lam's Facebook account.
By late Sunday, the photos were no longer posted on the social-networking
In one, a smiling man tagged as Mr. Lam hugs a woman in a low-cut dress, his
hand on her breast.
In another, the same man is with friends, his pants pulled down to display
Mr. Lam's website says that he has a background in social services and
Mr. Lam has been involved for several years with the Pride Society, a
Vancouver-based advocacy group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered
community. According to a Pride Society web site, Mr. Lam has been involved in
several community organizations and was chair of Youthquest, Lesbian & Gay Youth
Society of British Columbia.
A 2008 article in Xtra, a gay-focused Vancouver newspaper, said Mr. Lam, as a
director of Egale Canada, had been involved in key court cases involving gay
Mr. Lam made an unsuccessful bid for city council last year, but failed to
win nomination as a Vision Vancouver candidate.
In the run-up to the nomination votes for the civic race, Mr. Lam told Xtra
that he wanted to focus on youth and environmental issues, as well as gay and
“I have a lot of ideas around sustainability and youth,” he told the
newspaper at the time. “I don't want to be branded as the gay councillor.”
In his bid for provincial office, the racy photos on Mr. Lam's Facebook page
quickly became political fodder.
“This is someone who is running to represent the people of Vancouver-False
Creek in Victoria, at a time when we have really critical issues, like crime and
the economy,” said Mary McNeil, the Liberal candidate in the riding.
“You need to show you have experience and you need to show you have good
Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are essential campaign tools,
especially in a riding with a relatively young population like Vancouver-False
Creek, she added.
Online material has tripped up other political candidates in B.C.
Vancouver-area Federal NDP candidates Dana Larsen and Kirk Tousaw resigned
last year after online videos surfaced that showed them taking drugs.
B.C. New Democrat Julian West also quit the federal campaign after
apologizing for taking off his clothes in front of minors at an environmental
retreat more than a decade before.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Ottawa Mens Centre.com, from Home of the Corrupt Ontario Superior Court
Judge Allan Sheffield, Canada) wrote: NDP again revealing their true
rainbow colours - Rainbows are beautiful, gender hatred is not, neither is a
political group with a known failure to promote family values. The NDP has a
long history of courting groups who promote hatred towards fathers, hatred
towards heterosexual groups by solely approving the single gender alternatives.
The NDP is a party thats all about destroying families, promoting male hatred.
Of particular concern is the NDP's sub political groups, especially the feminist
lobby brigade, who engage in stacking the courts with Feminist Judges and those
in the judiciary who are very public about their gay and lesbian lifestyle.
It is their disturbing absence of support towards those who promote gender
equality and functional families that mean that the NDP are a long term danger
Canada's birth rate is decreasing, and absent support for heterosexual marriages
and true gender equality, Canada is heading for long term economic disaster. The
legal and social disasters are already happening now.