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Two NDP candidates resign after posts on social media cause backlash

Two NDP candidates resign after posts on social media cause backlash

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ESSEX, ONT. -Jagmeet Singh says anti-Semitic comments from two of his party’s candidates who resigned were “completely wrong” when the NDP leader made a push to win sought-after Ontario rides.

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“Anti-Semitism is genuine,” Singh said during a campaign stop in Essex, Ont.

“We are seeing a frightening rise in anti-Semitism and we are unequivocally opposed and we will confront it.”

The party confirmed Wednesday that Dan Osborne, the candidate for Nova Scotia riding in Cumberland-Colchester, and Sidney Coles, the candidate for Toronto-St. Pauls, ended their campaigns and “agreed to further educate on anti-Semitism.”

Singh said anti-Semitism has no place in his party and the candidates made the right decision to resign.

“In addition, they talk about the importance of getting exercise,” Singh said.

Coles, who has since deleted his Twitter account, was reported to have published misinformation that Israel was linked to a lack of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, a non-profit human rights organization, reportedly shared photos from Coles’ account over the weekend. Coles later apologized on social media.

Osborne was reported to have tweeted to Oprah in 2019, asking if Auschwitz was the right place, referring to the Nazi-led concentration camp in Poland during World War II.

He responded to backlash about the post on Twitter over the weekend, saying he had tweeted it when he was a teenager.

“I want to offer an apology,” Osborne tweeted Sunday. “The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget.

“Anti-Semitism should be confronted and stopped. I do not remember that I posted it, I was 16 at the time and can honestly say I did not mean to cause harm. ”

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Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, police director at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, said in a press release that he had been in touch with the new Democrats. He was relieved that the candidates resigned, he added.

“We thank NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for his leadership in ensuring this result,” Kirzner-Roberts said.

“In the midst of growing anti-Semitism in this country, all political parties and leaders must send a message, loud and clear, that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated in any form or form.”

A handful of candidates from other parties have also dropped out during the election.

Last week, the Conservative party dropped Lisa Robinson, the candidate for the Beaches-East York riding in Toronto, after Islamophobic social media posts surfaced. Robinson has claimed the account is fake and she has previously reported it to police.

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Liberal Raj Saini resigned earlier in the campaign after facing allegations that he harassed a female employee, claiming he was denied.

Singh condemned Coles’ post during a campaign stop on Tuesday, but did not demand her resignation. At the time, he said the candidate’s “unequivocal apology” was the right thing to do.

Singh did not say on Wednesday why he did not push for a resignation before, but reiterated that it was the right decision for the candidates.

The new Democrats fill out their form for the final push before the election.

Singh was greeted by hundreds of people cheering and holding signs at London West and Niagara Center stops – both of which became liberal in the last election. He asked the supporters to vote with a clear conscience.

The NDP leader has continued to reject that people should follow the idea of ​​voting strategically and kept their eyes fixed on Justin Trudeau during the last push.

“There is a cost to voting for the Left,” he said.

Singh will also take his message to the Ontario rides of Hamilton and Brampton East.

He will end the busy day with a livestream on Twitch, an online gaming site. Singh, who has embraced trends and videos on social media, said it is a way to get in touch with potential voters.

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