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 Man claims credit for controversial posters critical of Mayor Sam Katz, deemed by some to be anti-Semitic

Credits: QMI AGENCY

KEVIN ENGSTROM | QMI AGENCY

A Winnipeg man has stepped up and claimed responsibility for circulating posters critical of the mayor that some considered to be anti-Semitic.

Gordon Warren outed himself to media Friday as the person behind the posters, which began appearing throughout the city just prior to the Rosh Hashanah Jewish holiday last September. The posters accuse Mayor Sam Katz and several prominent Winnipeggers - most of whom are Jewish - of questionable business transactions.

Warren said he felt he had little other choice than to make the posters, as justice officials weren't willing to investigate a controversial land swap deal involving a city fire hall and local "Jewish and zionist media" weren't accurately reporting what was going on.

"There was no one willing to do anything about it," said Warren, who likened the situation to censorship.

Warren, a city council candidate in Elmwood-East Kildonan three years ago, said it was at that point he began compiling names of Katz's business associates off of Google and designing the poster. He claimed he didn't realize most of the names on that list are Jewish until after the posters, which contain provocative phrases such as "the final solution," started appearing on various city light standards.

"I was shocked at the response," said Warren, adding he isn't anti-Semitic. "I've seen Schindler's List five times."

Police announced last month their investigation determined the posters broke no laws, but many prominent Manitobans - including B'Nail Brith Canada lawyer David Matas and federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews - condemned the posters at the time.

Multiple requests for comment from Katz went unanswered on Friday. In September, though, the mayor told the Sun he was "extremely saddened and disheartened" by the posters, then added he had "faith the people of Winnipeg will not support such malice."

Warren, who is currently unemployed, conceded he was "pushing the envelope" with the posters and can understand why people might be offended. He also said he's upset the posters took attention away from the fire hall land swap, which council voted in the fall to have an external auditor examine.

All in all, though, he appeared happy with the worldwide notoriety his poster achieved.

"They were mentioned on the news in Nigeria, in Sudan," said Warren, who claimed he is currently unemployed.


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