Edmonton-area MP under fire for photo of him near flag bearing Nazi symbol

An Alberta MP mentioned he used to be not conscious a person was once flying an upside down flag with a swastika on it at the back of him when he gave a television interview at a protest in Ottawa on the weekend.

Michael Cooper, the Conservative MP for St. Albert-Edmonton, was giving an interview to CBC TELEVISION on Saturday afternoon when an individual preserving the flag walked in the back of him. a photo of Cooper in proximity to the flag circulated online.

In a written commentary Saturday night, Cooper distanced himself from the symbol, condemning it as “evil.” 

“Had I seen the emblem, i might have condemned it, as I do now,” the observation reads partly.

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“Nazism is the purest form of evil and i have always condemned it totally. Whoever flew this flag is in my view accountable for that reprehensible choice and may be endlessly ashamed of him or herself.”

Over the weekend, Ottawa’s downtown has been stuffed with heaps of truckers and others against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and different public well being restrictions.

Michael Cooper is observed in Ottawa, even as talking with CBC News. Just out of the frame, an the wrong way up Canada flag with a swastika on it can be seen. (CBC)

Cooper attended the protest on Saturday, telling a CBC interviewer that he disagreed with the federal vaccine mandate for truck drivers crossing the U.S. border.

within the interview, Cooper said then that while there is also a “small choice of unsavoury characters” within the combine, such a lot of the folk are “just right here to send a message to the top minister.”

The protest was once to start with targeted on the federal government’s vaccine mandate for move-border truckers, but it surely has multiplied right into a greater movement towards broader public well being measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Remark from MP Michael Cooper: pic.twitter.com/OAWwz1rko9

—@Cooper4SAE

 

Later Saturday, Edmonton mayor Amarjeet Sohi and St. Albert mayor Cathy Heron issued a joint observation calling on Cooper to ask for forgiveness. 

“we want the rest of the rustic to know that MP Cooper’s presence at this rally in no way reflects the values of Edmontonians and St. Albertans,” the commentary reads, in part.

“along side us, many different persons are harm via his behaviour and lack of judgment and we call upon him to make an apology not only to his elements, however to the remaining of the rustic to boot.” 

Symbol no longer intentional, says political scientist

Duane Bratt, a political scientist at Mount Royal University in Calgary, stated the picture that circulated isn’t one thing Cooper meant. 

“But, you want to have anticipated something like this when you waded into the protest,” he said Sunday. 

“As A Result Of despite the fact that there is a minority, I saw an horrific lot of the wrong way up Canadian flags, I saw Accomplice flags, I noticed swastikas, I saw profanity towards Justin Trudeau. So, through going there, you create the opportunity for this sort of backdrop.”

Bratt said the picture could hang-out Cooper in the long term, but added that he spoke back appropriately to the placement. 

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