Liberal candidate Cheryl Thomas resigns after inappropriate comments resurface

Victoria Liberal candidate Cheryl Thomas is dropping out of the race after comments made about Israel and mosques resurfaced Wednesday.

Victoria Liberal candidate Cheryl Thomas is dropping out of the race after comments made on social media about Israel and mosques resurfaced Wednesday.

In a statement on Thomas’ Facebook page, she apologized for the comments stating they are “offensive and have no place in our political discourse. I want to apologize particularly to the Jewish and Muslim communities for these insensitive statements,” she wrote.

Thomas, who worked in the Middle East, posted on Facebook in 2014 saying “the oppressed of the Warsaw ghettos and the concentration camps have become the oppressors, keeping the Palestinians who are left in their “homeland” in ghettoes.”

In 2013, she said mosques are being used as brainwashing stations.

In another post, Thomas wrote Santa Clause “has to be white!!! You can’t have a brown guy with a beard sneaking into your house in the middle of the night! You’d be calling the bomb squad.”

The comments were uncovered by The True North Times, a satirical website.

Thomas said the comments have become a distraction from the real issues of the campaign.

“Anyone who knows me, knows that I have utmost respect for all religions and communities and those post comments do not truly reflect who I am,” she said in the statement. “As someone who has worked in the Middle East and interacted with the various communities, I know firsthand that my comments were inappropriate.”

Thomas will close the campaign office and end all political activities.

She isn’t the first to resign over comments made on social media in this federal election.

Two days ago, Liberal candidate Maria Manna running in the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding also resigned after expressing skepticism about the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: West Shore RCMP reunite camera with owner

Police sought public’s help to identify people photographed on the camera with record-time results

Beware of geese: Nesting season may trigger aggressive behaviour

Greater Victoria residents will have to be wary of nesting geese in the area

Greater Victoria leaders coming together to talk diversity and equity

Royal Road University’s Inclusion Project engages community stakeholders from public, private sectors

Royal B.C. Museum faces space, seismic standards and accessibilty issues; calls for public input

People can share their ideas online and in person from April 1 to June 27

British Columbians are paying more for booze but also broccoli

Victoria’s inflation was 2.3 per cent, a tick above Vancouver’s of 2.2 per cent

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Howard the giant gnome finds new home on Vancouver Island

Iconic attraction will move from Nanoose Bay to Galey Farms in Saanich

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

SPCA seizes 54 animals from Vernon property

Animals weren’t receiving adequate care

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

The controversial pipeline was bought by Ottawa last year

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto this week

New UMSCA trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

The trade deal is designed to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement

Most Read