Last week, a 2013 Facebook post by Scarborough-Agincourt NDP candidate Tasleem Riaz featuring a photo of Hitler saluting with the quote: “If you don’t like a Rule … Just Follow it … Reach on the Top … and Change the Rule”, surfaced.
One can use a Hitler reference if for example the target of your criticism intends to carry out an act of genocide, but in this case, there were other signs of nuttiness in Riaz’s social media footprint.
In a cowardly response, she said she didn’t recall making the Hitler post, but equally appalling was the response from NDP leader, Horwath.
Apparently, because she finds it “hard to believe” the candidate she knows would say such a thing, we’re supposed to believe this post didn’t happen.
PC MPP Gila Martow rightly notes, “You don’t post Nazi messages on social media by mistake. It goes without saying that having Ms. Riaz on the ballot is offensive to every Jewish person in Ontario… Frankly, it’s offensive to all Ontarians with any sense of human decency.”
As change-famished Ontarians head to the polls next week, this is all very unnerving.