Liberal candidate Cheryl Thomas has stopped campaigning after controversial remarks on social media about Israel and mosques came to light.
“I want to take this moment to apologize unreservedly for past comments on social media that have come to light,” Thomas said in a statement Wednesday.
“When looking back at them, I understand that 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. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have utmost respect for all religions and communities and those past comments do not truly reflect who I am.”
Thomas said the comments distract from the issues.
“For that reason, I will immediately cease my campaign. This includes closing my campaign office and ending all my political activities.”
According to Elections Canada, because Thomas did not withdraw before the Sept. 28 deadline, her name will appear on the ballot come Oct. 19.