A rural Manitoba newspaper editor says he believes religious intolerance may have played a role in Access Credit Union's failed bid to merge with Assiniboine Credit Union earlier this month.

Access members voted on Sept. 16 against the merger, which would have made the combined entity the largest credit union in Manitoba and the sixth-largest in Canada.

Of the 4,496 eligible Access members who cast votes, only 38.2 per cent were in favour of the proposed merger. A two-thirds majority vote was needed for the amalgamation to go ahead.

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