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Canada NDP Brampton-Centre candidate apologizes for offensive tweet from 2012

00:56  18 october  2019
00:56  18 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A federal NDP candidate is apologizing for an offensive tweet from 2012 that has resurfaced during the election campaign. Jordan Boswell, candidate for Brampton - Centre , issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday night apologizing . “I deeply regret the hurtful and wrong comment I made on

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Jagmeet Singh wearing a suit and tie: Jagmeet Singh and Jordan Boswell.© Jordan Boswell/Twitter Jagmeet Singh and Jordan Boswell.

A federal NDP candidate is apologizing for an offensive tweet from 2012 that has resurfaced during the election campaign.

Jordan Boswell, candidate for Brampton-Centre, issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday night apologizing.

"I deeply regret the hurtful and wrong comment I made on social media. I understand this type of language is offensive and harmful. I apologize unequivocally," the statement read.

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The tweet in question was a response to a Toronto commuter newspaper story, "Group-home girls targeted by pimp," that had a picture of a human trafficking survivor pictured beside it from Nov. 16, 2012.

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"Geez they're really letting everyone into that business these day. #gottagetmesomeofthat #shejustmissedbeingpretty," Boswell tweeted, with a screenshot of the headline and picture attached.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was campaigning in the GTA Thursday and was asked about the incident at a press conference.

"The comments were horribly wrong and harmful and hurtful. But I know that he is not only taking responsibility, but has committed to behaviour and a future where that's not what he believes," Singh responded.

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Brampton North Liberal incumbent Ruby Sahota is heading back to Ottawa, and Ramesh Sangha, her Liberal counterpart in Brampton Centre will join her. Boswell apologized after an offensive tweet from 2012 making fun of an Indigenous human trafficking survivor surfaced during the campaign.

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The resurfaced tweet was met with a rash of criticism from users who found it insensitive.

"Oh boy, that's not what I'd call a 'Good Look,'" one user wrote.

"It's the hashtags!!! This is disgusting! And the NDP are pushing hard for the Indigenous vote and then run a candidate with these ideas?? They do not deserve anyone's vote," another user said.

Singh said he had not spoken with Boswell about the tweet, but said the candidate has accepted that they did something wrong and displayed evidence that he has changed and is moving forward "in a new way."

Singh said for those reasons, Boswell is allowed to remain a member of the NDP.

"If those things are satisfied, I'm happy to continue to have people on my team," he said.

When pressed what he would say to the woman pictured in the paper, Singh said he would apologize.

"I'm really sorry that those comments were made. They should never have been made. They're very hurtful. I believe that every human being deserves dignity and respect," he said.

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In September, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said he would stand by any candidate who have made mistakes, as long as they apologize and take responsibility for them. Scheer has fired one candidate for expressing racist viewpoints via secret social media accounts, and has stood behind four others who have faced scrutiny for their actions.

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When contacted by Global News for any additional comment, a spokesperson for Boswell said the tweet was all the comment the candidate would be making at this time.

--With files from Daina Goldfinger

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