Vancouver Greens boot park board candidate Liam Menard off the slate

He's lost the party's endorsement after an alleged misuse of data

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      Liam Menard says on his website that he would be the "modern" park commissioner that Vancouverites are looking for—an expert in much more than just grass and swimming pools.

      But the 27-year-old former False Creek Community Association president is no expert in the handling of Vancouver Green supporters' confidential contact information, according to the party.

      As a result of an alleged data breach, Menard has been bounced off the slate after securing a park board nomination earlier this year.

      “Greens are 100 percent committed to transparency, our supporters’ privacy and the law,” Green councillor Pete Fry said in a party news release. “The party holds its endorsed candidates and elected officials to an extremely high ethical standard and has zero tolerance for unlawful and unethical actions.

      "We deeply regret that our previously endorsed candidate violated our trust and the trust of our supporters," Fry continued. "We will conduct a review to understand what we can do to better protect our supporters’ privacy.”

      The party stated that it has "reason to believe that some or all of its list is in possession" of the Progress Vancouver campaign. It called on Progress Vancouver, whose mayoral candidate is Mark Marissen, "to immediately cease all campaign communications until the matter has been investigated and the list has been purged".

      The Greens also stated that Menard "admitted to the unauthorized handling and use" of the supporters' contact information.

      “Liam has broken his colleagues’, the party’s, and the public's trust,” Fry added. “I was extremely disappointed when I was informed of the situation, but applaud the board for acting swiftly according to our ethics and values."