Jacqueline Tuplin, the NDP candidate in District 23, Tyne Valley-Linkletter, found her election sign defaced with a racial slur Tuesday.

The defaced part of the sign has now been removed.

Tuplin spoke briefly to CBC News Wednesday, declining an on-camera interview, saying she wants to put the incident behind her and focus on the campaign ahead.

But, in a video statement posted to her Facebook page, Tuplin calls the act "offensive and disparaging" to women.

"It is disheartening that one would feel this way, let alone express these feelings so publicly and so graphically."

In a written statement, NDP Leader Mike Redmond condemned the message calling it "hateful" and "disappointing."

Redmond said he is proud of Tuplin and her "dignified response to this incident."

RCMP are investigating.