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

Party spokesperson George Soule told Radio-Canada 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 agreed to learn more about anti-Semitism.

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 <a href=”https://twitter.com/YaaraSaks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@YaaraSaks</a> 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.

&mdash;@danosbornens

Soule said Osborne was “16 when he tweeted a tweet that he doesn’t remember. He’s 18 now. He apologized but he didn’t want it to be a problem.”

More to come.




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