2 NDP candidates resign following ‘unacceptable’ online comments – CBC.ca

The NDP says two of its candidates have quit the race with less than a week to go, promising to learn more about antisemitism.

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Two NDP candidates have resigned with less than a week to go. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The NDP says two of its candidates have quit the race with less than a week to go, promising to learn more about antisemitism.

Party spokesperson George Soule said Wednesday morning that Sidney Coles, running in Toronto-St. Paul’s, and Dan Osborne, running in the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester, are resigning by choice, but the party supports their decisions.

Soule said they both agreed to learn more about antisemitism

As first reported by the Toronto Star, Coles claimed on Twitter that Israel was somehow responsible for missing doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States last winter.

She later apologized for posting “unsubstantiated theories about vaccine supply linked to Israel,” and said it was never her intent to indulge a “common antisemitic trope,” the newspaper reported.

Osborne is accused of tweeting at TV personality Oprah Winfrey in 2019 asking “was Auschwitz a real place?”

He responded this week, from a different account, saying he has no memory of tweeting that, but apologized.

“I want to offer an apology. The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget. Antisemitism should be confronted and stopped,” he said.

Hi @YaaraSaks I want to offer an apology. The role of Auschwitz and the history of the holocaust is one we should never forget. Antisemitism should be confronted and stopped. I can’t recall posting that, I was 16 then and can honestly say I did not mean to cause any harm.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the messages “unacceptable.”

“I want to be very clear: their comments were completely wrong and have no place in our party,” he said during a campaign stop in Essex, Ont., on Wednesday morning.

“Those messages were completely unacceptable and the right decision was made.”