The George Abbott campaign has issued a "clarification" about the signup of a cat as a B.C. Liberal member—insisting that it wasn't responsible for the sale of this particular membership.
On February 4, the Globe and Mail reported that "Olympia Marie Wawryk" joined the B.C. Liberals in December. Olympia happens to be a cat who belongs to Christy Clark campaign volunteer Kristy Wawryk.
Abbott subsequently issued a statement acknowledging that one of his campaign workers created a prank website about the cat, and asked the person to take it down.
"I believe it is important to focus our discussion on the serious issues at play—primarily, the gaps in the party’s ability to properly validate new members coming into the system," Abbott said.
Since then, Abbott's spokesperson, Karen Cook, has issued a clarification on Abbott's remarks after some "confusion regarding which campaign is responsible for the signup of the animal".
"To be completely clear, the Abbott campaign has absolutely no involvement in the signup of the cat to the BC Liberals membership list, and will refute any allegations to the contrary," Cook maintained. "It is our continued understanding—and confirmed both in the Globe and Mail article of February 4 as well as a follow-up CKNW interview with the Globe and Mail reporter—that the cat in question was signed up by an associate of the Clark campaign."