Although it’s not clear how Stephen Harper’s economic policies relate to Adolf Hitler’s, the cartoon still hit a nerve with readers.
“We sent brave men and women to Europe as many innocent people died to stop what the Nazis were doing,” Tyler Cameron told The News. “To make a comparison regardless of whether you’re a Conservative, Liberal, NDP or otherwise, is just wrong. It’s hurtful, hateful and turns people away from politics in general.”
Pictou Advocate editor Jackie Jardine did not pick up her phone when called for comment Thursday, but the paper published an “explanation” later in the day that basically doubled down on the offensive comparison.
“I certainly didn’t mean to offend anybody,” the unnamed cartoonist said in a statement. “The use of the swastika was simply aligning the Harper government’s policies with the Nazis.”
Um, that was the part people objected to.
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