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

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

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.