Cam Broten was right to fire me: NDP campaign manager Frank Quennell

A day after being removed as the Saskatchewan NDP's election campaign manager, Frank Quennell said party leader Cam Broten made the right decision in holding him accountable.

Ex-NDP campaign chief Frank Quennell raises questions about Bill Boyd's role in Sask. Party campaign

Frank Quennell says NDP leader Cam Broten was right to hold him accountable by asking him to step down. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

A day after being removed as the Saskatchewan NDP's election campaign manager, Frank Quennell said party leader Cam Broten made the right decision in holding him accountable.

"Cam Broten made the right decision to hold me accountable and to publicly set out the the changes that were being made to his team," Quennell said in a Sunday evening Facebook post.

"I failed to anticipate and prepare for a Saskatchewan Party attack which allowed a major distraction to a campaign that should be about issues and ideas."

Cam Broten made the right decision to hold me accountable and to publicly set out the the changes that were being made to his team.- Ex-NDP campaign manager Frank Quennell

On Saturday, Broten announced that he removed Quennell as campaign manager amid four candidates either stepping down or being removed from the party's campaign due to questionable and sexist social media posts.

Of the now-former campaign manager, Broten said: ​"He's a friend who has served this party well and who will continue to play a role — but I want new campaign leadership."

The NDP's chief of staff, Linsay Martens, was named the new campaign manager on Saturday.

Comparison with Sask. Party's Bill Boyd

Quennell also used the Facebook post to raise questions about Bill Boyd's role running the Sask. Party campaign.

"Both campaigns lost those managers, but in strikingly different ways," he said.

"Mr. Boyd became embroiled in a couple of controversies; his involvement in the use of taxpayers' money to purchase land at three times its appraised value and his use of government planes as a personal limousine service. Brad Wall stood by Mr. Boyd in both cases. Mr. Wall had no choice as he was complicit in both."

Quennell also questioned where Boyd is right now and who is currently running his party's election campaign in the post. 

A Sask. Party spokesperson said Monday morning that "Bill Boyd has always been and continues as campaign co-chair."

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