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Laura Kaminker, Mississauga Centre (NDP)

Kaminker made headlines when it surfaced that she said wearing poppies for Remembrance Day is an “annual ritual of war glorification” in a 2014 Facebook post, the Toronto Star reported on May 20. She also once said she would sign up for a “war on Christmas.” Horwath defended her candidate by saying: “Those are certainly not values I share, but freedom of speech is a principle that we all, I think, value,” according to the Toronto Star. Kaminker has not apologized for her comments. Photo from Getty Images.

Ontario election scandals: Major party candidates under fire for public controversies

Polls suggest the Ontario election race is coming down to a choice between two parties, and both have had their fair share of controversial candidates.

With PC Leader Doug Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath locked in a neck-and-neck race to the finish, some of these squabbles may come back to haunt these parties on election day, which is on June 7. The Liberals haven’t been immune to controversy, either.

Here are some of the controversies involving Ontario political candidates during the 2018 election campaign, which made news headlines between April and June of this year.