Friday, September 26, 2008

Dion ditches candidate over remarks about Jews and 9-11

TORONTO - Stephane Dion dumped a Liberal candidate today after she was accused of anti-Semitism.Lesley Hughes - a Liberal candidate in Winnipeg - had faced criticism for an old blog posting in which she suggested Israeli intelligence warned the United States in advance of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center and "Israeli businesses" vacated the premises before the attack.Hughes later described herself as a "lifelong friend and supporter of the Jewish community in Winnipeg" and apologized for the "perception" that she is anti-Semitic.But the apology wasn't enough for her party leader.After being dogged by questions about the blog, Dion later issued a statement saying Hughes' comments don't meet the party's standards of tolerance and multiculturalism.He said she will no longer be the party's candidate in the riding

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