A Durham Region woman is upset her eight-year-old stepdaughter’s photo is being used in a Progressive Conservative Party pamphlet.
The PC literature was delivered in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding, where Tory Laurie Scott is the incumbent, and a copy ended up at the home of a family friend.
“I don’t want that picture available to the general public,” Jennifer Dugan said Wednesday. “In this day and age you never know whose hands that photo could fall into.”
The family had been at the Food Truck Frenzy in Whitby last month when they were approached by Tim Hudak and Whitby-Oshawa incumbent Christine Elliott.
“We didn’t know who they were at the time but they were swarmed with people and Mr. Hudak spoke to my stepdaughter about the movie Frozen,” Dugan recalled. “And then they were off.”
Dugan said she had no idea her stepdaughter’s photo had been taken and she’s upset no one asked for parental permission to use or distribute it.
“I really believe there should be much more safety for children because I don’t feel like her rights have been protected in this ad,” she said.
Dugan said the family also does not support the PCs and the pamphlet wrongly represents them.
“We have family and friends who are teachers and Hudak’s campaign hits us hard,” she said.
PC campaign spokesman Jacqui Delaney said the party immediately stopped using the literature as soon as the concern was brought to their attention.
“We absolutely will no longer be using this and had no intention of going against anyone’s will,” said Delaney, who also said it was not a paid campaign ad. “It was very evident that pictures were being taken at the event and we were not trying to hide anything.”
Delaney said the young girl’s photo was one of many taken at the event. She added it is not the party’s practice to have waivers signed at public events, and said no one else in the photo had signed a waiver.