Mark Adler, the Conservative MP for York Centre, is asking people to vote for him in part because his father survived the Holocaust.
Over 21,000 of the 113,000 people in Adler's riding identify as Jewish, according to Statistics Canada.
But his approach and his claims are causing controversy. The second line of Adler's online bio says "He is the first child of a Holocaust survivor to ever be elected as an MP." It looks like this is not true.
Adler has been criticized for his politicking before. In 2014 he was caught on camera pleading with a PMO staffer to get into a photo op with Stephen Harper at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Adler also caught heat for banning a fellow Jewish MP, Liberal Irwin Cotler, from an event in Israel. Adler later ducked questions from reporters on the story by claiming to take a call from a constituent. The resulting bizarre video can be seen here.
Israel is, as always, a touchy subject for all political parties. Just a week ago the NDP turfed Nova Scotia candidate Morgan Wheeldon when his criticism of Israel in an old Facebook post was unearthed.
BuzzFeed Canada reached out to Adler for comment but has not yet heard back. A campaign worker named Matt said Adler would call us back if he finds some free time. We'll update this story if he does so.
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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