Saskatoon

MLA Eric Olauson removed from committee position after 'liking' social media post, NDP calls for resignation

Saskatoon University MLA Eric Olauson has been told to stay off social media by the Saskatchewan Party after 'liking' a controversial social media post.

Post talked about 'slapping the shit' out of Trudeau supporters

MLA Eric Olauson has been removed from a committee after a social media post. (Sask. Party)

Saskatoon University MLA Eric Olauson has been told to stay off social media by the Saskatchewan Party after 'liking' a controversial social media post.

The post, overlaid on an image of Dos Equis' spokesperson The Most Interesting Man In The World, reads "I don't always slap the shit out of Justin Trudeau supporters … but when I do, I blame climate change."

A Sask. Party spokesperson confirmed that Olauson had been asked to stop making social media posts, and had also been removed from an internal committee position after concerns were raised. Olauson still sits as a member of the Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice and as a member of the Private Bills House Committee.

NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon said the recent post is part of a larger trend. He said a screen grab of Olauson's Facebook feed in 2013 shows the then-Saskatoon city councillor liked pages called Boobszone and Cold Dead Hands, an American page devoted to gun rights.

"It's not just one post," said Wotherspoon. "It's a real pattern on this MLA's page. And at the end, it's totally unacceptable."

Eric Olauson's controversial Facebook post. (Facebook post submitted by NDP)

Wotherspoon believes the Premier should consider removing Olauson from the Sask. Party caucus.

"Frankly, Brad Wall's got a lot of explaining to do as to how he thinks this individual can serve as an MLA within Saskatchewan," he said.

Opposition monitoring of politicians' social media feeds has seemingly become standard over the last several years. During the last provincial election campaign, four NDP candidates withdrew from the race over posts they had previously made, and which were brought to light by others.

"At the end of the day, those that are serving as MLAs need to be held to a higher standard," said Wotherspoon. "I think that we need to be reasonable as leaders as we evaluate these matters, and certainly that would be my aim in this circumstance."

Olauson was elected to the legislature this year. He had previously been a Saskatoon city councillor.

A snapshot of Eric Olauson's Facebook page taken in 2013, when he was a Saskatoon City Councillor. (Facebook image submitted by NDP)

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