The Manitoba Liberal Party has been ordered to stop selling merchandise bearing the “W” logo because it resembles the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
A spokesperson said the club recently told the party in writing that it uses its “W” trademark on items such as toques without permission, and that the Blue Bombers do not support a political party rather than a other.
The Liberals are leading a former Blue Bombers player whose name begins with W – Willard Reaves – in a by-election scheduled for March 22.
This is the second time this year that the Liberals have faced controversy over their merchandise.
They closed their online store after selling a red dress with a message written on the back and hips saying “overthrow the government”.
The Liberals said the dress was displayed without permission by an anonymous volunteer.
The Progressive Conservatives are also fielding former Blue Bomber Obby Khan in the by-election. The New Democrats lead Trudy Schroeder, a former executive director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
The Green Party is proposing Nicolas Geddert, and there is also an independent candidate, Patrick Allard, in the running.
The by-election was called to fill the seat of Fort Whyte in southwest Winnipeg, which was held by former premier Brian Pallister before his retirement last fall.