Nazi-flag cartoon 'simply meant as satire,' N.S. paper says

This political cartoon appeared in the Pictou Advocate on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The newspaper's...

This political cartoon appeared in the Pictou Advocate on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The newspaper's editor has said the cartoon was "simply meant as a satire, or exaggeration, on Harper's Economic Action Plan and its implications for some segments of the community ... We regret that the cartoon was not received in the spirit with which it was intended." (Photo: QMI Agency)

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A Nova Scotia newspaper has said it is sorry if an editorial cartoon about the federal government's Economic Action Plan that showed a swastika flag flying over the Parliament buildings offended anyone.

"The cartoon was simply meant as a satire, or exaggeration, on Harper's Economic Action Plan and its implications for some segments of the community," the Pictou Advocate's editor wrote in a comment on the editorial cartoon. "We regret that the cartoon was not received in the spirit with which it was intended."

The cartoon ran in the newspaper on Wednesday.

Cartoonist Rob Denton said he did not mean to offend anyone.

"The use of the swastika was simply aligning the Harper government's policies with the Nazis," he said in the statement.

"There are no religious connotations, there is no anti-Semitism, there are no ethnic attacks, there is no racism ... Just the suggestion that Canadian politics is heading toward fascism."

Nova Scotia MP and Minister of Justice Peter MacKay denounced the cartoon.

Jon Goldberg, executive director of the Atlantic Jewish Council, called on the newspaper to offer a full apology.

"The tasteless and inappropriate use of the swastika to make a political point only trivializes the horrific crimes of the Nazis. Such a cartoon is offensive to the Jewish community, to all who suffered during (the Second World War), and to Canadian veterans who sacrificed so much to liberate Europe from Nazi rule," Goldberg said.

 


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