Yesterday, I posted about Canadian parliamentary candidate Sidney Cole’s antisemitic tweets, and her subsequent non-apology of an apology following the tweets’ exposure.
Not long after my post, I noticed her Twitter account had been deactivated (not necessarily because of my post). She has since resigned.
A Toronto New Democratic Party candidate has resigned after controversial social media posts were unearthed in which she links a lack of vaccines in Canada to Israel.
On Wednesday, the party confirmed that Sidney Coles, who was running in the Toronto-St. Paul’s riding, as well as Dan Osborne, a candidate running in Nova Scotia, have “ended their campaigns.”
“They have agreed to educate themselves further about antisemitism,” spokesperson George Soule told CTV News.
“New Democrats stand united against discrimination of all kinds. We are committed to taking lasting and meaningful steps toward ending prejudice and hatred in all its forms.”
Coles’ Twitter page has since been deactivated and her profile on the NDP website is no longer available.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said that those comments have “no place” in the party.
“We’re seeing a scary rise in anti-Semitism,” he said. “I want folks to know that our values are values of inclusivity, making sure everyone feels welcome and making sure everyone feels like they belong.”
“Those messages were completely unacceptable and the right decision was made.”
Funny how Singh acknowledges a scary rise in antisemitism yet espouses the detestable views about Israel and BDS that he does – not to mention the NDP itself, which voted to endorse BDS earlier this year. I suspect their definition of what constitutes antisemitism is rather narrow.
Hat tip: Phil