After I broke the story about Oakville, Ontario mayor Rob Burton equating Conservative event security to Mussolini’s and Hitler’s murderous Blackshirts and Brownshirts a massive online campaign to have him removed from office ensued with the help of many Conservative supporters and cabinet ministers:
This culminated with #ResignMayorBurton becoming the top Twitter hashtag in Canada:
Yet he refused to apologise:
Discussing the furor over his remarks on Saturday, Burton initially said he would not apologize.
“This political party is doing something that I don’t think fits the Canadian way. It has been seen before in the world and not in very nice places,” he said. “Jason Kenney should apologize to the Canadian people for this undermining of the rule of law.”
But then it became a national story:
The mayor of Oakville found himself under a barrage of online criticism when he wrote a tweet comparing Stephen Harper’s use of private security with those that protected Hitler and Mussolini. He has apologized for the implication, seen by some critics, that he was comparing Canadian veterans with fascist militias.
Even then Burton wouldn't back down:
“But I’m disappointed that we’ve lost track of the issue of a political party using a private security detail to detain a Canadian citizen without legal authority or cause,” referring to an incident during Harper’s campaign event in Mississauga Thursday, when a former Canadian Armed Forces sniper escorted a man out for trying to line up behind journalists to ask Harper a question.
Burton stood by his criticism of the Harper and the Conservatives, calling the incident “a political step that doesn’t fit with the Canada that … our vets defended.”
“I’m not associating Canada’s veterans with anything,” he said. “This is about what a political party is doing, not who they are using to do it. We’re sliding down a slippery slope here where private police forces are being used to undermine the rule of law in Canada.
“It’s a very disappointing development and it undermines the rule of law in Canada.”
And on top of that what CTV didn’t print was this from the on-air interview (at approx 3:00 minute mark):
“Dressing the security detail to look like Mounties…”
So besides being fully consumed by Harper Derangement Syndrome, Burton's apology isn't sincere.
He still needs to resign.
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