UBCIC Demands Zimmer Withdraw Candidacy
Prince George, B.C. – The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is demanding that Conservative candidate Bob Zimmer withdraw his candidacy for the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.
In a news release issued Friday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs stated “Aboriginal women and communities were shocked, outraged and deeply offended by Mr. Zimmer’s derogatory remarks towards women.”
He was referring to comments Zimmer made On Tuesday in Fort St. John during discussion of whether there should be an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Zimmer was quoted as saying “One of the major drivers of missing and murdered aboriginal women is lack of economic activity or, simply put, a lack of a job.”
Grand Chief Phillip says “Astonishingly, Mr. Zimmer’s simplistic solution to one of Canada’s most disgraceful and profound abuse of human rights issues, concerning missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, is that Aboriginal women should stay home, stay on the Rez, and get a job.”
The news release further states “Once again, we are calling on Mr. Zimmer to immediately step down as candidate in the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding.”
Mr. Zimmer could not be reached for comment on Friday.