Yukon candidate dropped by Conservatives will run as an independent

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Jonas Smith plans to run as an independent candidate after being turfed by the Conservative Party of Canada less than one week ago.

“It was largely due in response to the overwhelming encouragement I got from people across the political spectrum,” he told CBC News. “I think running as an independent actually provides me with an opportunity to connect with voters who feel disaffected for a variety of reasons. Beyond that, I think most importantly I can honestly appeal to the people that are just fed up with party politics in general.”

The federal Conservatives dropped Smith on Aug. 12 over his views on public health guidelines

A statement issued by

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