Ontario conservative activist Jim Karahalios has been kicked out of the Conservative leadership race.

His name was taken off the list of approved candidates late Friday afternoon.

The move comes in response to a complaint lodged against him following a series of emails he sent to supporters lobbing inflammatory attacks against the campaign of one of his rivals.

Karahalios had accused Erin O’Toole’s campaign chair Walied Soliman of advocating for the introduction of Islamic religious law, or Sharia, in Canada.

He had based his assertion on an interview Soliman had given over 13 years go when he discussed Islamic legal rules around finance.

Formal complaints had been lodged with the party, and an internal debate had been taking place for the last week about how they would respond.

Karahalios did not immediately return a request for comment Friday.

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