Cam­bridge mayor apol­o­gizes for doc­tored photo

Waterloo Region Record - - Front Page - LISA RUT­LEDGE Cam­bridge Times

Cam­bridge mayor and in­cum­bent can­di­date Doug Craig is apol­o­giz­ing to po­lit­i­cal ri­val can­di­date Kathryn McGarry after an al­tered photo re­mov­ing McGarry ap­peared on his cam­paign web­site.

The dig­i­tally doc­tored im­age re­moved McGarry from a lineup of politi­cians at­tend­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Cam­bridge pedes­trian bridge last May.

McGarry, who at­tended the event as then-Cam­bridge and North Dum­fries MPP and trans­porta­tion min­is­ter, was dig­i­tally re­placed by an­other woman wear­ing a sim­i­lar black shirt, look­ing in the same di­rec­tion to­ward the cam­era.

The elec­tron­i­cally mod­i­fied photo didn’t es­cape the at­ten­tion of some lo­cal res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Cam­bridge’s James Har­ris, who no­ticed the im­age didn’t jibe with his own mem­o­ries of the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The fake photo was saved as screen­shots and posted to lo­cal Face­book groups be­fore it could be taken down from Craig’s web­site.

When asked for com­ment by the Times, Craig said he didn’t know how it hap­pened, but as­sured it shouldn’t have hap­pened, and shoul­dered the blame.

“When these things hap­pen, they’re 100 per cent my re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said. “Re­gard­less of the team, and I’ve got a great team work­ing for me, this is my re­spon­si­bil­ity. I should have picked up on it and I didn’t. And I do apol­o­gize pub­licly, and I have apol­o­gized to Kathryn for it.”

In a state­ment to the me­dia, McGarry said her team was alerted to the photo Fri­day morn­ing via Face­book.

“I don’t know why some­one would feel the need to al­ter this photo,” she told the Times.

“I know his team is afraid of my cam­paign, my sup­port­ers, and the change we rep­re­sent, but this is ridicu­lous.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from her cam­paign main­tains McGarry waited for a call from the mayor but ended up call­ing him first.

“I think this just re-en­forces the fact that we need a change at city hall. People are dis­ap­pointed in this ad­min­is­tra­tion and shenani­gans like this is an­other ex­am­ple of how people in Cam­bridge de­serve bet­ter.”

In the past, Craig and McGarry had spo­ken highly of one an­other re­gard­ing mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial part­ner­ships, es­pe­cially when it came to ad­vo­cat­ing for im­prove­ments for Cam­bridge, in­clud­ing GO Tran­sit.

It came as a sur­prise to Craig, how­ever, when McGarry threw her hat in the ring to run against him for the mayor’s chair in the Oc­to­ber elec­tion, after she lost her MPP seat in the June pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

Since her an­nounce­ment to run, ten­sion has de­vel­oped be­tween the two, an ob­ser­va­tion that be­came clear as a heated spar­ring match en­sued dur­ing a re­cent Rogers Ca­ble tele­vised de­bate.

Dur­ing the de­bate, Craig re­sponded to at­tacks from McGarry crit­i­ciz­ing his lead­er­ship as dis­mis­sive to­ward the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns by ac­cus­ing her of giv­ing GO Tran­sit pri­or­ity to Kitch­ener over Cam­bridge dur­ing her ten­ure as On­tario tran­sit min­is­ter.


A photo at left with for­mer MPP and may­oral can­di­date Kathryn McGarry. Right, the fake one where she was re­placed with an­other woman.


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