Hamilton School Board Stands By Alex Johnstone

Well, what a surprise that is:

My great-grandparents were killed there.

My grandparents’ parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews — all rounded up in Poland, shoved into cattle cars and delivered to the railway platform of Auschwitz. From there, they were eventually marched into the gas chambers as part of the Nazis’ Final Solution to rid Europe of its Jews, part of the 8,000-a-day murdered in their death factory.

Their escape blocked by armed guards and an electrified fence of barbed wire.

So may I offer a basic tip, whether you’re a politician, a school trustee or just a young social worker: Don’t joke about Auschwitz. And if caught, don’t make it worse by insisting that you didn’t mean anything by it because you’d never even heard of the infamous death camp.

Shame on Hamilton NDP candidate Alex Johnstone for doing all of the above. …

How can she be the kind of candidate the NDP wants to put forward? So far, Tom Mulcair has remained silent.

As for the Hamilton board, chair Todd White is actually standing by his vice-chair: “We expect our staff and students to have an understanding of the Holocaust and believe we should model this as trustees,” he acknowledged in a statement.

“In speaking to trustee Johnstone, she understands the importance of Holocaust awareness and has committed to taking an active role in promoting Holocaust education in HWDSB.”

So- which is worse: a stupid woman with no sense of history and self-awareness or people who not only stand by her but put her in a position of influence?

  • David Murrell

    Bring me up to speed. The ditzy NDP candidate did resign here candidacy, right? So something good did come of this.

    • El Martyachi

      But the damage to the NDP in that riding is incalculable. Talent like hers is … irreplaceable.

    • Exile1981

      I don’t think she did, the NDP stood by her and the school board did as well.

  • Exile1981

    I’m sorry this has to be the lamest excuse in the history of politics. To claim you didn’t know what Auschwitz was. My kids know what it is; this women is either horrible at lies or she is too stupid to be allowed to be in government or sit on a school board or she just assumed the media would cover for her and is sloppy.

    • Surele Surele

      I’ll go with stupid.

      • Minicapt

        Dippers are special people.


  • Shebel

    Maybe ,she is the only honest NDP candidate to express her true view of the Jews.

    • afishcalledsid

      If I understand you correctly, her “true view of the Jews” is that she doesn’t know anything about their history?

  • Edubeat

    I’ll take LameBrains for $100, Alex

  • afishcalledsid

    I’m not surprised that she looked at a photo and saw PENIS rather than HISTORY. I’m sure she has a lot more experience with the former.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I have met many supposedly “educated” people in their 20s and 30s who have never even heard of more recent genocides, let alone Auschwitz…I was debating with some young social justice warrior online recently who was going on and on about supposed white “genocide” against black people; I pointed out that the worst genocide ever committed against black people was committed by other blacks, in Rwanda in 1994. She had no idea what I was talking about.