An Ontario Liberal candidate and MPP decided to crash a press conference NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was holding Monday morning in the heart of the so-called "Ford Nation."
Shafiq Qaadri appeared at Horwath's event in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke North, where Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is running.
UPDATE: Qaadri apologized for his appearance in a tweet Monday afternoon, saying his move was "rash" and "inexcusable."
He stood in the background during the press conference holding his campaign sign and at one point told Horwath they shared a "common goal."
Liberal incumbent for Etobicoke North Shafiq Qaadri just crashed NDP event, interrupting Horwath. Horwath had to ask him to wait until she was done. pic.twitter.com/n3JjLkNhzI— Tracy Tong (@TracyTongCTV) May 28, 2018
Qaadri is the riding's Liberal incumbent and was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003.
Check out the very normal and totally not bizarre exchange below, captured by QP Briefing's Jessica Smith Cross:
"I think we both share a common goal, Ms. Horwath, against Mr. Ford," Qaadri tells Horwath.
"Shafiq, if you don't mind, I'm going to finish my press conference, and then you can have all the time you want to talk to the media," she shoots back as the audience starts applauding.
Qaadri's apperance raised some eyebrows for some journalists and users on social media, with some referring to the move as "foolish" and "classless."
wow this is embarrassing @ShafiqQaadri1 why would you do something this foolish— TheWildflowerBandit (@Fohnicus) May 28, 2018
This is really not a good look for the Liberals. Horwath is grace itself.— Angie Russell (@fredricklostJo) May 28, 2018
The strange exchange comes just a day after the final televised debate of the election campaign, with many polls suggesting the main electoral showdown will be between Horwath's NDP and Ford's PCs.
Ontario voters head to the polls on June 7.
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