Ontario MPP Jim McDonnell
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Tory MPP Jim McDonell, who represents the riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, said that the McGuinty government is trying to cover up its problems.
"It's 73 years ago today that Canada declared war on another tyrant... The people of Nazi Germany didn't know what was going on, and over my time here I find it hard to believe how hard it is to find out what's going on and how easy it is for the government to hide things," McDonell said in the Ontario legislature Monday.
McDonell later withdrew the comment and apologized.
B'nai Brith Canada issued a statement Wednesday calling McDonell's comparison a grotesque distortion of facts.
"There is no place in Ontario for invoking the racism, hatred and violence that characterized Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime to pursue a political agenda. Such a comparison is insulting to all Ontarians, especially to the Jewish community and the Holocaust survivors and their families," Frank Dimant, CEO of B'nai Brith Canada, said in a statement.
"We feel that without an appropriate and informed apology, Mr. McDonell's original unacceptable statement still stands. Blaming others for misinterpreting his words does not constitute an apology."