WARMINGTON: Star NDP candidate carried 'F--- the police' protest sign

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WARMINGTON: Star NDP candidate carried 'F--- the police' protest sign
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May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018 10:08 PM EDT
Candidate Gurratan Singh - Brampton East - ONDP ahead of the 2018 Ontario General Election. Handout/Ontario NDP/Toronto Sun/Postmedia NetworkPostmedia Wire
So now one of the NDP’s star candidates has been caught red-handed bashing the police.
Tell us how you really feel Gurratan Singh!
Back in 2006, there was no ambiguity over how the NDP candidate in Brampton East felt about Toronto Police.
“F— the Police,” said the protest sign that Singh, the brother of federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, carried during a downtown demonstration more than a decade ago.
And former Toronto Police chief Julian Fantino said he recognizes exactly what this is.
“As someone who spent over 40 years as a police officer in Ontario, the only time I recall facing such hateful rhetoric directed at police is when confronting anarchists — the goons who usually came out to incite breaches of the peace,” said the Toronto Police chief from 2000-2005, who later went into serve as a Conservative MP and cabinet minister.
Everybody who has seen this picture is disgusted by it.
NDP candidate Gurratan Singh is pictured carrying a protest placard during a 2006 demonstration in Toronto
“Unbelievable,” texted PC leader Doug Ford. “Actually, it is believable.”
Ford is right. When it comes to the NDP, it is believable.
Now, in fairness, when the Toronto Sun approached the NDP about this photograph, Singh quickly issued a statement apologizing and acknowledging his regret and embarrassment.
“Twelve years ago I attended a public demonstration and was photographed holding a sign I’m now deeply ashamed of,” Singh said in a statement. “I apologize unreservedly to police officers, their families and the policing community. I deeply respect the sacrifices police officers make in service of justice and public safety, and realize the importance of community-building with officers.”
At the time, Singh was pursuing philosophy and religious studies at McMaster University. He would go on to earn a law degree from York University and practised as a criminal defence lawyer in Brampton. He has also served as campaign co-chair and strategic advisor to his brother Jagmeet from 2011 until present, according to his LinkedIn profile. He’s currently a high-profile name and potential cabinet minister should NDP leader Andrea Horwath win the June 7 election.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (left) and his brother Gurratan Singh pose for a photo at the party offices in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Singh isn’t the first NDP candidate to reveal fringe, activist or disrespectful viewpoints and come under fire for it.
In fact, that list is getting long.
Yet, Horwath has remained steadfast in defending her team — instead, deflecting criticism directed at her back at the Ford campaign. The double standard she’s demonstrated on that very issue has been mind blowing since she urged Ford to dismiss fellow PC leadership hopeful Tanya Granic Allen as a candidate for hateful and inappropriate posts she made years ago, something he did decisively.
Even the media have asked Horwarth “what is it going to take for you to fire one of these candidates,” a question she repeatedly sidestepped.
Others on her team with problematic past public acts or comments include Scarborough-Agincourt NDP candidate Tasleem Riaz, who apparently posted a social media meme with an inspirational quote from Adolf Hitler in 2013 that shows the Fuhrer giving a Nazi salute, though she denies knowing about it. Riaz also suggested Canadian troops in Afghanistan were war criminals who were “slaughtering … innocent Men, Women and Children.”
Scarborough-Agincourt candidate Tasleem Riaz was accused of posting this now deleted meme on her Facebook page Facebook
Mississauga-Centre NDP candidate Laura Kaminker prompted nation-wide outrage when it was revealed her 2014 blog post disparagingly referred to the “fake poppy” and described Remembrance Day as “war glorification” and “collective brainwashing.”
Candidate Laura Kaminker – Mississauga Centre- ONDP ahead of the 2018 Ontario General Election. Handout/Ontario NDP/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Postmedia Wire
Kaminker also suggested there’s “no proof that bin Laden or al-Qaida had anything to do” with the terror attacks on New York City in 2011 and criticized the annual remembrance of that tragedy that killed almost 3,000 people. “All of this fixating on this one event, the whole world expected to stand in hushed silence because a bad thing happened to Americans,” she wrote.
Etobicoke Centre NDP candidate Erica Kelly suggested she’d be OK if “gun nuts” were blown up by a drone. “I know this is horrible to say… but I would not be sad to see these gun nuts threatening civil war have their asses blown to f— with a drone,” Kelly wrote in a Facebook post.
And these are people who could be cabinet ministers should Howarth and the NDP win this election as some polls say they could.
Who knows the NDP? Their leader does not seem to think any the troubling issues are worthy of her admonishment.
Meanwhile, Fantino dismissed Singh’s apology.
“It’s another example of a cop hater in pursuit of a soft landing at Queens Park — where he doesn’t belong!” Fantino said.
But if the NDP win this election, you just never know what job in cabinet Gurratan Singh could land?
Perhaps minister of public safety?
WARMINGTON: Star NDP candidate carried ‘F— the police’ protest sign | Toronto Sun
this must be this guys whole job
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

this must be this guys whole job

Awww, are your Dipper heroes getting their peepees whacked by the media? My gosh, one can only think of all the drivel you'd be spewing if this were about the Conservatives though.
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

this must be this guys whole job

So, people in charge of the police should hold them in contempt.

Great work ethic.

How would that apply to other institutions?

The idiot should be dumped.