Editor Repents Race Attack on Minister Croll
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Editor Repents Race Attack on Minister Croll

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An anti-Semitic attack upon David A. Croll, Minister of Welfare in the cabinet of Premier Hepburn of Ontario, resulted in complete vindication of the former mayor of this city and in an apology.

The attack followed suspension of Milton A. Sorsoleil, a deputy in the welfare department, until such time as he was able to prove charges he made of immorality throughout this Province.


When the suspension was announced, Dr. George A. Little, editor of the Sunday School Publications of the United Church of Canada, attacked both Premier Hepburn and Minister Croll. He especially attacked Croll as a Jew, declaring:

“Just let a border city Russian Jew dismiss a lifelong Christian worker like Mr. Sorsoleil for trying to reduce the number of children born out of wedlock in Ontario, and there will come a Province-wide demand that the Minister of Welfare follow his deputy.”

This statement aroused indignation throughout Ontario. Toronto officialdom was swamped with callers and telephone messages protesting the attack upon Minister Croll.

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