September 21st, 2021

Two NDP candidates resign after social media posts cause backlash

By The Canadian Press on September 15, 2021.

Two NDP candidates have resigned after comments on social media caused backlash.

The party confirmed that Dan Osborne, the candidate for Cumberland-Colchester, and Sidney Coles, the candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s, ended their campaigns and “agreed to educate themselves further about antisemitism.”

George Soule, an NDP spokesperson, says the New Democrats stand united against discrimination of all kinds and are committed to taking meaningful steps toward ending prejudice.

Coles, who has since deleted her Twitter account, was reported to have said misinformation that Israel was linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh condemned those posts during a campaign stop on Tuesday but did not demand her resignation.

Osborne was reported to have Tweeted to Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2021.

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