Ward 4 Councillor Stephen Orser has already apologized to his colleagues for passing out a flyer with Nazi imagery on it, now he is doing the same thing to the community.
Orser distributed the flyer during the council meeting on Tuesday (May 1), in an effort, he said, to get more information on whether or not Nazi Germany used fluoride as a torture device during the Second World War. The flyer said, “Nazi Germany used water fluoridation in concentration camps to sterilize the humans and force them into calm submission.”
Orser, whose father was a prisoner of war, apologized to council that night, but he has now made another apology in light of wide public outrage over his actions.
“First and foremost, I regret and apologize to anyone that has been offended or hurt, as a result of the reliance of myself on a fluoride propaganda poster from the Second World War, regarding the recent fluoride debate at city hall.
"My sole interest in providing a copy of the flyer to council was a consideration of my enquiry at the previous public participation meeting at Centennial Hall, which was still unanswered.
“As the son of a Second World War vet, prisoner of war and escapee, who I was very proud of and loved dearly, this got my attention on the fluoride issue used in the Second World War, and nothing else.
“There was no anti-Semitic intent, thoughts or malice in any shape, form or fashion.
“I am deeply sorry if anyone took this out of context.
“I apologized publicly, immediately after the flyer was used by another council member, and an hour later, I apologized to the whole council and to members of the public watching.
“Yesterday, May 2, I apologize to Esther Marcus, executive director of the London Jewish Federation.”
Marcus’s response was also included in Orser’s public apology.
“I note councillor Orser issued an apology, which we accept. We believe he meant no malice and any offence was unintended. I contacted councillor Orser to convey that message. Obviously Nazi analogies, in general, are not the best way to make a point — but we appreciate his apology and we’ve moved on.”
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