N.S. Liberal leader reaching out to candidate who says she was forced out over photos

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Nova Scotia's Liberal leader says he's trying to contact a female candidate who says party staff pressured her to drop out because of revealing photos and told her to instead cite mental health concerns.

Iain Rankin said today his team "assisted" Robyn Ingraham with her resignation statement last Saturday and said he's trying to contact her to learn her version of events.
    
Ingraham said on social media Wednesday the real reason she was dropped in the riding of Dartmouth South was because of several online photos, images she said she had disclosed to the party during the vetting process.
    
Rankin told CTV during a news conference today in Iona, N.S., he's "sad to lose a candidate in this race."
    
He also said there were elements in Ingraham's public Instagram post that made him "uncomfortable."

Rankin says he wants candidates to have diverse life experiences and wants an open, inclusive party.
    
(Michael Tutton and Kevin Bissett/The Canadian Press)<