An Ensemble Montréal candidate is in sizzling water for feedback he made on social media during the last yr.
Dan Kraft, who’s working for metropolis councillor within the Claude-Ryan district of Outremont, posted a remark below a Fb invitation for the World Local weather March final month together with a hyperlink to a documentary denying climate change.
In 2020, he commented below a information story a few Black man who was wrongly accused by Ottawa police of getting expired plates on his rental automobile. Kraft wrote, partially, “this driver and lots of others are simply looking for their 15-minute fame second. Crap.”
“Sure shares and feedback on my social media don’t characterize the values of Ensemble Montréal, I’ve apologized to the occasion. I additionally apologize to individuals who have been offended by my feedback and I’ve deleted these posts,” Kraft mentioned in a press release.
“I’ve realized from my mistake and I’m dedicated to being extra prudent.”
Throughout a information convention on Friday, Ensemble Montréal chief Denis Coderre stood by Kraft.
“It’s unacceptable,” Coderre mentioned, however added that Kraft has apologized and is staying with the occasion.
Ensemble Montréal has already eliminated one other candidate for controversial feedback.
Joe Ortona, head of the English Montreal Faculty Board (EMSB), was working for metropolis councillor within the district of Loyola for the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce however was ousted final month over a press release made by the varsity board saying that Quebec is just not a nation.
When requested why Ortona was dismissed however not Kraft, Coderre replied that it’s completely different, as a result of Ortona had already been given different possibilities, with out providing additional clarification.
“Nonetheless, each are unacceptable. However I consider (Kraft) apologized and he mentioned that he received’t do it once more and we agree with that,” Coderre mentioned. “However there received’t be one other likelihood if I witness that once more from Mr. Kraft.”
When requested concerning the challenge, Projet Montréal chief Valérie Plante questioned the sort of message the occasion is sending by protecting “a local weather change skeptic” on as a candidate.
“I’ll allow them to handle their caucus however that occasion clearly doesn’t put the combat in opposition to local weather change on prime of the checklist,” Plante mentioned.
Ensemble Montréal wrote in a press release that it is able to flip the web page.
–with recordsdata from World’s Anne Leclair and Annabelle Olivier
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