Kamloops byelection: Council candidate says 'white pride' comment was not meant to offend

A Kamloops city council candidate says Facebook comments he made defending white pride are not a show of support for violent behaviour.

"Whilst I condemn neo nazism and the violence displayed. A fair and equal society means that if we have black pride Asian pride Indian pride. Well guess what. We can have white pride too. Now move along CNN," Kyle Mardon wrote on Facebook.

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The post was in response to an article posted by fellow candidate Kevin Krueger which was critical of U.S. President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virgina.

The weekend gathering, held in response to the removal of a Confederate statue, turned deadly when a speeding car slammed into a group of counter-protesters, killing a woman.

Trump's response to the situation has been seen by many as failing to condemn white supremacists and the so-called "alt-right."

Mardon confirmed the comment was made by him.

"I have a problem with white supremacy groups and black supremacy groups and things like that, but I don't see any problem with celebrating your culture," he said.

Mardon said he believes white pride can be separated from white supremacy, despite its frequent use by such organizations.

Stormfront, the Internet's best-known white nationalist forum, uses "white pride world wide" as its motto.

"I'm not responsible for what other people say, I'm only responsible for what I do," Mardon said.

"There definitely are groups that are wrong, but there is no problem with saying I'm proud to be white. I've seen it time and time again where white males are denigrated and it's getting sickening."

Asked for an example, Mardon said he takes issue with programs which require or encourage the hiring of people of colour rather than choosing from a colourblind application pool.

"They have a quota. They have to hire so many Indians, so many black people, so many white people," he said.

Mardon, a CP Rail foreman, is running with the goals of creating more business relocation incentives and increasing density downtown.

When he announced his campaign he told KTW he plans to sign a "moral-ethical agreement" if elected to office, forbidding corrupting and other negative behaviours.

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