Two NDP candidates have resigned following massive protests over their anti-Semitic remarks on social media.
The party confirms that two candidates – Dan Osborne from Nova Scotia and Sidney Coles from Toronto – have stepped down.
Federal Party leader Jagmeet Singh addresses resignations during a campaign in southwestern Ontario.
“I want to be very clear: His remarks were completely false and have no place in our party,” Singh said Wednesday in Essex, Ont.
“Those messages were completely unacceptable, and the right decision was made.”
Hi @yarasax I want to offer an apology. The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget. Radicalism must be firmly fought and stopped. I don’t remember posting this, I was 16 then and can honestly say I didn’t mean to harm anyone.
— Dan Osborne (@danosbornens) September 12, 2021
Referring to a Nazi-run concentration camp in Poland during World War II, Osborne tweeted Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place.
“I want to apologize,” Osborne said in a later tweet on Sunday.
“The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget. Radicalism must be fought and stopped. I can’t remember posting this, I was 16 then and can honestly say that I didn’t intend to do any harm.”
Coles was reported to have posted false information about Israel linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines. The Twitter accounts of both Coles and Osborne have since been removed.
“Those comments were incorrect, and I am encouraged to make a clear apology and withdraw those comments completely,” Singh said.
“Plus, they are talking about the importance of getting training. Communalism is real. We are seeing a terrible increase in anti-Semitic sentiment, and we are clearly protesting, and we will face it. “
Yesterday, Singh had said that it was enough that the two apologized for their previous anti-Semitic remarks.
Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) issued a statement on the matter, saying, “FSWC exposed and condemned Coles’ tweets, in which he repeatedly accused Israel of misappropriating US supplies of a coronavirus vaccine. charged to.”
“Coles apologized after calling on the candidate to issue a retraction and detailed apology for his false and offensive comments,” FSWC wrote in a press release.
Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, policy director at FSWC, said, “We are relieved that candidates have stepped down and are committed to participating in anti-Semitic education, and we thank NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for his leadership in ensuring this outcome.” Thank you for that.”
“Amidst the growing anti-Semitism in this country, all political parties and leaders must send a message, loud and clear, that anti-Semitism in any form or form will not be tolerated.”
Today, the three main party leaders are in eastern and central Canada, a day after a new poll suggested the race for an already close federal election was getting even tougher.
With files from the Canadian Press