Ex-candidate says Liberals knew about controversial posts before ouster

WATCH: Hussan Guillet, the Liberal candidate who was dumped by his party last week over old social media posts, claims he's being hung out to dry. At at press conference in Montreal Wednesday, Guillet told reporters that he met with federal party officials in August to discuss the posts. As Global's Phil Carpenter explains, Guillet wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene.

A recently ousted Liberal candidate says the party knew about his controversial social media posts well before he was turfed as the nominee in a Montreal riding.

Hassan Guillet told reporters today he met officials with the federal party on Aug. 8 to discuss the old posts. He says the Liberals were convinced he was neither racist not anti-Semitic.

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But they revoked his nomination in the Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel riding last Friday after a Jewish advocacy group unearthed the series of old statements he made on social media that were critical of Israel and U.S. foreign policy.

He says he and the Liberals had already discussed an action plan that involved outreach to the Jewish community.

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Guillet says that action plan was scheduled to be set in motion the day he was sacked.

He added his posts were public, and the party knew or should have known about them when they vetted him in 2017.

The former imam says he wants to run in October’s federal election as a Liberal, but doesn’t rule out running for another party or as an Independent if he’s not reinstated.

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