The only question that remains now after The Pictou Advocate ran the above cartoon is when their editor either resigns or gets fired.
And if you’d like to send the editor and publisher your thoughts as a Conservative on being called a Nazi, you’ll find their contact info here
Update: The Pictou Advocate has now ran a mealy-mouthed apology in which they blame Harper for their Nazi cartoon:
If our editorial cartoon in the March 5 edition of The Advocate has offended anyone, we sincerely apologize. It was certainly not our intention to offend our readers.
The cartoon was simply meant as a satire, or exaggeration, on Harper’s Economic Action Plan and its implications for some segments of the community.
We regret that the cartoon was not received in the spirit with which it was intended.
The views of the editorial cartoon are those of the contributor, and not necessarily the views of The Advocate, as are all other views by contributors to The Advocate.
From our editorial cartoonist is the following explanation:
“I certainly didn’t mean to offend anybody. The use of the swastika was simply aligning the Harper government’s policies with the Nazis. The fact is, Harper has violated virtually every element of his platform which is taking away the freedoms and rights of all Canadians, especially the disabled and elderly. All Canadians, but especially the Atlantic Provinces, should be absolutely irate over the latest budget and announcements which are continuing to oppress the poorer provinces. That is why I used the swastika. There are no religious connotations, there is no anti-Semitism, there are no ethnic attacks, there is no racism… Just the suggestion that Canadian politics is heading toward fascism.”
The Pictou Advocate, like all community newspapers, is a forum for debate and opinion and as such we welcome opinions from all residents of Pictou County. These can be sent to Jackie Jardine, editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) (see here)