NDP MLA apologizes for quoting Nazi in BC Legislature

Feb 26 2020, 11:38 am

An NDP MLA came under fire yesterday for casually quoting the words of German Nazi politician and propagandist Joseph Goebbels in the BC Legislature, while the budget was being debated.

And while Surrey-Fleetwod Jagrup Brar didn’t outright name Goebbels, he proceeded to echo his famous words.

“Someone has said … and I quote, ‘If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it,'” said Brar.

Brar later took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comment, saying that it was an inappropriately employed analogy.

It remains unclear if Brar was aware of the origins of the quote prior to speaking or if he was informed after his speech.

In a statement to Daily Hive, a spokesperson for the New Democrat BC Government Caucus, said that the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of Jewish Federations of Canada, issued a response, thanking MLA Brar for his apology

“Earlier today CIJA was made aware that a quote by the Nazi Minister of Propaganda was used during a debate in the BC Legislature. This was wrong and unacceptable,” said the statement.

“We appreciate the unequivocal apology by the MLA. Words have meaning and how we use them matters.”