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UCP youth dance canceled amid criticism

A dance for 14- to 25-year-olds organized by the United Conservative Party’s Lacombe-Ponoka constituency association appears to have been cancelled.

The association did not make a formal announcement, instead posting a photo of the invitation on Facebook on Monday with a red banner that read: “Event cancelled.”

The original announcement for the June 8 “spring dance and social” on Clive’s Facebook, which was deleted sometime over the weekend, was met with mixed reactions.

Critics called the age range inappropriate, while others defended it as normal.

UCP board chair Rob Smith, in a statement Monday morning, said the party has structured support for young people and is working to grow its demographic.

“14- to 17-year-olds look to 21- to 25-year-olds for inspiration, mentorship, and leadership…generally more than geriatric 56-year-olds like me!! This is how we grow our station of political activists from next generation… and community leaders,” he wrote.

CTV News Edmonton has asked the association for confirmation and comment.