Two NDP candidates have resigned following backlash on social media.
The party confirmed that the riding of Cumberland-Colchester would be Nova Scotia candidate Dan Osborne and Toronto-St. candidate Sidney Coles. Paul, ended his campaigns and “agreed to further educate himself about anti-Semitism.”
NDP spokesman George Soule said: “The New Democrats are united against discrimination of all forms. We are committed to taking lasting and meaningful steps to end prejudice in all its forms.”
Coles, who has since deleted his Twitter account, There was reportedly misinformation that Israel was linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, during a campaign on Tuesday, denounced those positions but did not demand his resignation.
“The candidate offered a full and clear apology. That apology was recently accepted by (the Israel and Jewish Affairs Center). It was the right thing to do,” Singh said.
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“Those comments were incorrect and I am encouraged to make a clear apology and withdraw those comments completely.”
Osborne was reported to have tweeted to Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place. He responded to the post on Twitter over the weekend, saying he had tweeted it when he was a teenager.
“I want to apologize. The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we must never forget,” Osborne tweeted on Sunday.
“Anti-Semitism must be confronted and stopped. I don’t remember posting that, I was 16 then and can honestly say I didn’t mean to do any harm.”
Asked whether candidates should resign over anti-Semitic remarks, Singh said there is no place for racism or prejudice in the New Democrats.
“We want to make sure that people know that when you vote for the new Democrat you will find a leader who believes in it and I hope every candidate of mine will believe in that too.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 15, 2021.