No press conference or announcement, but a second and more acceptable apology was given to Frank Dimant of the Bnai Brith by the MPP after a storm was whipped up over his statement at Queen’s Park and then banal explanation sorta apology after.
Mr. Dimant spoke with our MPP via telephone.
The group received the more formal apology via email last week.
“We are satisfied that Mr. McDonell now fully understands the gravity of his error. His comparison was insulting to all Ontarians and especially to the Jewish community, which of course includes Holocaust survivors and their family members.”
An excerpt from Mr. McDonell’s unreserved apology.
“Although I have already retracted my original statement in the legislature,” wrote McDonell, “after hearing from B’nai Brith Canada, I understand it is necessary for me to state unequivocally that my comments comparing the Ontario government to Hitler’s Nazi regime were inappropriate. I look forward to working with all communities in the future to raise awareness of these issues.”
Mr. McDonell did not respond to our request for an interview or quote for this story. With local Conservative buzz being that Mr. McDonell has eyes on MP Guy Lauzon’s gig it should be interesting to see what if any impact this issue has. We also hear that Eric Duncan is studying French to aid his own attempt to gain the Blue nod after Mr. Lauzon’s expected retirement after this term.