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NDP candidate quits over social media posts linking Jewish sect to the Taliban

WINNIPEG – A New Democrat candidate in Winnipeg has dropped out of the election campaign.

Stefan Jonasson has stepped down after social media comments of his surfaced in which he compared a practice by one Jewish group to the Taliban.

Jonasson says his comments have been taken out of context – he was not comparing Jews to the Taliban.

He says he was criticizing the way women are treated by the Haredim, including segregation of the sexes and strict dress codes.

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The social media posts were published on a blog and had time stamps dating to 2011 and 2012.

Jonasson says he was asked by the NDP to step down, which he has agreed to.

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Jonasson was running in the riding of Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia–Headingley, currently held by Conservative Steven Fletcher.