A news outlet in a small Ontario city used the wrong photo to accompany an article about federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, and criticism online was swift.
The Canadian Press article published on SaultOnline December 14 uses an image of another Sikh politician instead of Singh. In the photo is Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence.
SaultOnline issued an apology later in the day Saturday, saying they sincerely regret the error. The publication serves Sault Ste. Marie, a city of about 73,000 people in northern Ontario. It describes its mission on its website as as highlighting feel-good news from the community and providing exposure for local talent.
Many on Twitter criticized it for apparently mixing up the two men.
— P.S. Grewal (@PSGrewal2) December 14, 2019
That’s not Jagmeet Singh, but hey, we all look the same, right?
— kulpreet singh (@kulpreetsingh) December 14, 2019
— Seamus Atkinson (@southpaw_drawl) December 14, 2019
Big oops energy here folks
— Tim Ellis #NoCutsToEducation (@DJDynamicNC) December 14, 2019
Singh himself called attention to the mixup on Twitter.
Guess what’s wrong with this tweet?
(Hint: It’s true I’ve repeatedly said I won’t work with conservatives because they continually push
cutting taxes for the wealthiest and cuting services, like healthcare and education, for everyone else) https://t.co/La4jaVkFVK
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) December 14, 2019