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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath stands by candidate who held anti-cop sign

Singh defends brother over anti-cop sign
WATCH: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh defended his brother Gurratan Singh, a provincial NDP candidate in Ontario, for a photo that surfaced of him holding a sign that said "F- the police" saying he's apologized and is embarrassed by the photo but it also was something that happened 12 years ago.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is standing by a prominent candidate who has come under fire for carrying a protest sign that said “F– the police” more than a decade ago.

Gurratan Singh, the candidate for Brampton East and brother of federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, apologized for his actions after a photo of the 2006 incident was published by the Toronto Sun.

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Horwath said that she believes Singh, a lawyer, no longer holds those opinions and upholds the justice system.

“I believe that’s it’s a despicable sentiment, and Gurratan actually has said so as well,” Horwath told reporters Tuesday.

“He’s very regretful that he held that sign a number of years ago, but look, Gurratan has changed his life around,” she said.

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The photo was published Monday by right-leaning newspaper columnist Joe Warmington, who called Singh’s actions “pathetic.”

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The news plays into the hand of Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives, who are trying to paint the NDP, their chief rivals in the June 7 vote, as radicals.

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne called the image “disturbing” and said Horwath will have to explain how she can stand by her candidate.

“If this were a candidate on my team, I would not be able to support his candidacy,” Wynne said.

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Burlington Liberal candidate Eleanor McMahon, whose late husband was a police officer, said Horwath should to ask Singh to step aside. She said the photo would make his job as a legislator “incredibly difficult.”

“How does he sit across from police officers now, and as a legislator, especially in the provincial government where our job is to uphold public institutions, and enhance and maintain confidence in them, how does he play a role as a Member of Provincial Parliament?”

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