Cambridge, Ont., mayor apologizes after image of political rival edited out of campaign photo

By  | September 14, 2018 | 19 Comments | Filed under: uncategorized

Image of mayoral challenger Kathryn McGarry edited out of campaign photo from bridge opening


This is the altered photo which removed Kathryn McGarry. This photo was posted to a Facebook group by local resident James Harris. (James Harris)

Doug Craig, the incumbent mayor in Cambridge, Ont., has apologized to fellow candidate Kathryn McGarry after a photo taken earlier this year at a pedestrian bridge opening was altered to remove her from it.

McGarry called the modified photo “ridiculous.”

The original photo was taken in May, when McGarry was the MPP for Cambridge. Other dignitaries also appear in the image, which was posted to the Elect Doug Craig Instagram account on Aug. 15.

The altered photo substitutes an unknown woman in place of McGarry, although the black shirt they’re both wearing appears similar. 

The doctored image appeared on Craig’s campaign website and James Harris noticed, so he took a screengrab and shared it on a couple of Cambridge-focused Facebook groups.

Harris said he attended the event and the photo didn’t match his memory.

“The fact the face was looking at the camera while everyone else in the photo was looking the other direction immediately seemed odd. Since all of our elected officials were at the pedestrian bridge opening, the fact our MPP Kathryn McGarry was missing definitely stuck out,” he told CBC K-W.

The image has since been removed from Craig’s website.

Craig told CBC K-W he and his campaign team had talked about using the photo on the website, but he did not know there were any plans to alter it.

“I don’t know what happened but we’ve taken it down and we’ve apologized and we’ve left it at that. I mean, these things happen during elections  you don’t want them to happen and we’ve certainly reacted and apologized. I mean it shouldn’t have happened. Period,” Craig said.

“I didn’t realize what was going on in terms of cropping it or whatever was going to happen. And I didn’t pay attention, to be perfectly honest.”

These screengrabs were taken by James Harris of Doug Craig’s campaign website and sent to CBC K-W. (James Harris)

When reached for comment, McGarry said via email, “I reached out to Doug Craig and he has offered me an apology.”

In a second email Friday afternoon, McGarry wrote, “I don’t know why someone would feel the need to alter this photo. I know his team is afraid of my campaign, my supporters, and the change we represent, but this is ridiculous.”

This just reinforces “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.”


19 Responses to Cambridge, Ont., mayor apologizes after image of political rival edited out of campaign photo

    Maggie Smith September 14, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Wow – not only is Craig afraid of Kathryn McGarry but also a big fat liar. Of course he knew this was being done, as we know Craig is a controller but he got caught.
    Well we also know now, he is afraid of the McGarry team – they are bright, fresh, onward thinking, and planning the best for Cambridge – no legacy plans as such have been going on.
    Now, what other dishonest plans does this Craig Team have going on or planning.
    Looks like they are getting desperate.
    Go Kathryn go! We need a fresh team at City hall & we need you.
    Vote Oct. 22nd – vote at early Polls – vote Paper ballot only if you want your vote to go to your person of choice – internet voting can be fixed – has been done so in he past & that’s why our present Mayor would not cancel it for good old honest paper ballots that can be re-counted if necessary.
    Shame on you Craig. Sounds desperate!

  2. Debbie Duff Vitez September 15, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I hear Dilullo is ignoring constituents in Cambridge, who are asking for the name of the company who will be monitoring the internet votes..


  3. Debbie Duff Vitez September 15, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Can you imagine what else they can do with their computers??

    Tom Vann September 16, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Doug should have known this was on the website. I can’t believe he never checked his site and missed this. He checks everything. All I heard this weekend was about the bridge-capade.

  5. TJT September 17, 2018 at 6:46 am

    I find it a mystery as to how Mayor Craig said he ‘didn’t realize what was going on’ in terms of cropping the Bridgegate picture.
    Mayor Craig’s campaign did something underhanded and immoral and he says he ‘didn’t realize what was going on’
    It had to have been approved by someone..You mean Mayor Craig just lets anything be posted to his Instagram and he doesn’t approve it?
    I should have thought Mayor Craig would check and even fact check everything.
    After all he is the Mayor of this City.
    If he doesn’t check everything, makes one have to think if he should be Mayor of the City

    Just a point to ponder here.

    Reg Koch September 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Looks like on of the mayors put in a letter congratulating Doug for apologizing to Kathryn. Doug should have had the guts to call McGarry 1st not her call him. Sad day for Cambridge.

  7. TJT September 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Doug needs to suck this up…He knew exactly what was going on.. If he didn’t he has no concept of what it takes to run a successful honest campaign.
    Do the right thing…step down…admit defeat and move on..or should I say move out!!!
    As far as I am concerned you are nothing but a snake in the grass!!!

    Suspicious September 17, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    My understanding is Craig first denied knowing anything. Well we know he did!! Then next thing he is pretending to be gracious & accept responsibility – huh!!
    Does anyone recognize the imposed lady? She was posing exactly the way Kathryn had been standing. Pretty obvious for sure.
    The whole escapade happened at the “Bridge to Nowhere” & that is exactly where Craig is going. This was just an example of how far he’ll go to win.
    Plus we all know he wanted Internet voting so he can control that on Election Day.
    Voters – vote – but at early Poll & only use paper ballots or your vote may not count. We need a second monitor for Election Day. Beware people!

    Curious September 19, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Does anyone know this lady that replaced Kathryn McGarry? She might have a story to tell. If posed & dressed the same as McGarry – then they knew what they were doing. I wonder if she gave permission to be used in this way? Or was she paid to be used in this way?
    Pretty low of Craig to do this – but I guess if you are scared of losing control you do nasty things.
    Are there more shenanigans to come? Keep your eyes open.

    Determined September 30, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Actually she reminds me of a lady that lives in Hespeler. One of the Craig “groupies”. Can any one confirm this? Was she paid? Will find out somehow.

    Rene ...... October 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Maybe Tucci did it while living in Toronto. He hasn’t even gone out door knocking from what l heard. Ho, ho, ho. Ben’s gotta go.

    Maggie Smith October 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    great motto on Ben’s t-shirt – O.B.T.
    Meaning – One Big Turkey.
    He won’t leave T.O. – raised family there.
    Craig only got him to run – paying all his expenses – just to split the votes.
    Wake up Cambridge voters – this is all a scam.

    Vote early Poll – Oct. 6 – Paper Ballots only – Vote McGarry.
    Online voting will be re-directed by Craig – he insisted on online – now you know why!!!!

    Beenthere October 5, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Apparently Ben isn’t door knocking as he has no intention of staying.
    Craig paying his expenses to split votes.
    Then Craig will fix the internet voting to his advantage. Interesting.

    Vote early – paper ballots or one never knows.

    Rick Francis October 8, 2018 at 10:41 am

    WTF? lt looks like Ben Tucci supporter Kayla Andrade has just made a fool of herself and there is a high probability Lowes will be not allowing the public board any longer after her comment on the board. Public displeasure responded. Way to go for everyone Kayla. Please stay a Ben Tucci supporter we need people like you.

    Rick Francis October 8, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Hey Kayla. Remember Tucci telling everyone how Drayton Theater was going to bring jobs, jobs, jobs. They sure did, all volunteer jobs and the owner brings home about 400 grand a year. Meanwhile my taxes on Crombie St. went up to help pay for this theater. Tucci has brought zero jobs here remember that one next time you comment. Maybe you remember how he left the Liberal party in such debt when he ran. You want him for mayor? l heard he didn’t even know how much the Preston dam will cost. He said 2 million. Try 6. l guess that must be in Toronto dollars.

    Brenda Roper October 28, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    This picture cost the mayor the election. A poor choice to have it on his web page.

    Leery November 20, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    My worry is he is running for PC nomination. He is not to be trusted. He is only in this run to make trouble for our Mayor & likely for Cambridge. He got fired & he is ticked. As we all know the Parties have some power over the funds we are allowed and what do you think will happen if Craig gets a PC nomination?????$$
    If he does, we will be voting for any party than PC. They must be hard up to allow him to run for their party.
    Why do they think Cambridge fired him?? Wake up PC Party.

    Louis Brayshaw November 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Yo! mom says da mayr can’t let go. He be keepin McGary out o da seat. Staff is laffin at da old boy. Mom is glad he be gone. Deep nasty inside o da broken heart.

    Tom Vann November 22, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Like the boxer that stayed in the ring too long and gets knocked out, Doug is done. I’m sure he is angry and will lay some landmines for people. I believe that is who he is. I as well hear from city hall about the ex-mayor. People see this and his memory will soon take a hit. Yes I remember what he did in 2010. This is sweet for me. Each time someone mentions his actions or ? I chuckle.

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