08/26/2015 12:49 EDT | Updated 08/25/2016 05:59 EDT

Soheil Eid, Tory Candidate, Apologizes For Comparing NDP Leader To Infamous Nazi

A Conservative spokesman said Soheil Eid's comments were "inappropriate," but the party stopped short of dropping him as a candidate.

Soheil Eid, left, compared Thomas Mulcair, right, to infamous Nazi Joseph Goebbels, centre.

OTTAWA — A Conservative candidate in Quebec has apologized for a Facebook post comparing the words of the NDP's Tom Mulcair to those of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's infamous propaganda minister.

In a now-deleted post from Aug. 16, Soheil Eid, Tory candidate for the riding of Joliette, wrote in French: "Mentez mentez, il en restera toujours quelque chose," which translates as, "Lie lie and something will always remain."

In the post, Eid likened the words of Goebbels to Mulcair's public statements on the proposed Energy East pipeline project, which would pump oilsands crude from Alberta through Quebec to markets overseas.

Eid claimed the NDP leader tells Albertans he supports the project while also telling Quebecers he would stop it.

Mulcair has publicly stated several times during the election campaign that Energy East could be a boon for Canada, but he won't make a decision on the project until after a robust and through environmental assessment.

A Conservative spokesman apologized on behalf of Eid, saying his comments were "inappropriate," but the party stopped short of dropping him as a candidate.

Asked about the controversy Tuesday, Mulcair said Eid's comments were a reflection of a Conservative tone in Quebec being fostered by Denis Lebel, Stephen Harper's lieutenant in the province.

Lebel has called Mulcair a "turncoat" and an "impostor" — language the NDP leader described as "demagogic."

"Denis Lebel is directly responsible for this situation," Mulcair said.

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