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The highly charged political split in Alberta between right and left crossed a line on Twitter this week, according to representatives of the Jewish communities, when a labour leader compared government legislative tactics with Nazi Germany.

The Jewish Federation of Edmonton and Jewish Calgary each made public statements on July 13th after the biggest Union chief in the province, Gil McGowan, said on Twitter that “Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, famously said “always accuse your enemies of what you are doing yourself.” That’s exactly what’s going on with Jason Kenney’s union-busting Bill 32.”

Now in his 15th year as President of the Alberta Federation of Labour, McGowan also told his 10,000 Twitter followers, “And, yes, I’m accusing the UCP of adopting tactics pioneered by the Nazis and being implemented (by) right-wing authoritarians today”.

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Response from the community leadership was swift

We are aware of recent comments on social media from @gilmcgowan, President of @ABFedLabour comparing the UCP to the Nazis”, the Jewish organizations jointly tweeted. “we have reached out directly to Gil McGowan’s office to discuss our concerns”

The president of the Alberta Federation of Labour compared Premier Kenney’s regime with Hitler’s Germany.

The two Federations represent about 13,000 Jewish people in Alberta’s two largest cities. CTV News reported that Steve Shafir, President of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, further commented, “Comparing anything to the atrocities that the Nazis perpetrated, especially when it’s nowhere near the severity, not even in the same ballpark, is always concerning,” adding “some of these actions he’s comparing to as a lead up to a mass genocide, I think is wholly irresponsible.”

McGowan, in a response to Global News, insisted, “Many reasonable experts and observers agree that we’re witnessing a reemergence of the very kind of right-wing authoritarian governments that brought us the horrors of the Holocaust.”

In February, Gil McGowan called pro-oil and gas Alberta caravan-goers “racist, extremists, grifters, and bullies.”

This wasn’t the first time McGowan had described political foes as Nazis. In February, referring to a tense lockout at oil refineries, he tweeted, “The CEO of CoopFCL enlisted the thugs who call themselves “United We Roll” the same way the Hitler enlisted the thugs he called “brownshirts.”  The Jewish leadership did not seemingly note his remarks at that time.

The United Conservative Party bill, focused largely on existing workplace safety and employment standards rules, will require unions to declare political and non-core spending and will ensure “union members are not forced to fund political activities and causes without explicit opt-in approval.”

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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