HALIFAX -- The Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives say they want more answers from Liberal Leader Iain Rankin about how his party's officials treated a woman who was briefly a candidate in the Halifax area.

Robyn Ingraham says the Liberals asked her to lie about why she dropped out and to attribute her exit to mental health concerns.

She said in a social media post Wednesday the real reason she was dropped in the riding of Dartmouth South was that party officials got nervous about revealing photos she had posted online -- even though she says she disclosed the photos during the vetting process.

In a news release, the Tories say Rankin must "come clean" on the allegations, apologize to Ingraham and disclose which senior members of the party dealt with her.

Rankin, who has a tourism announcement scheduled today in Cape Breton, said Thursday that he wants to speak directly with Ingraham before addressing the issue further.

NDP Leader Gary Burrill, who is planning to make a childcare announcement in Halifax today, responded to Ingraham's allegations by calling on parties to take a stand against misogynistic attacks on women candidates.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2021.