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Ontario Liberal candidate under fire for putting herself on cover of magazine

Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson announces that she is pulling out of the race for mayor at a press conference Sep 28, 2010.

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She is the publisher of Women's Post magazine, and this month Ontario Liberal candidate Sarah Thomson is also on the cover – raising the eyebrows of one of her political opponents.

A headline on the cover of the magazine reads "Sarah Thomson weighs in on the tough choice facing Ontario voters."

Rosario Marchese, who is the NDP MPP in Trinity-Spadina, the riding Ms. Thomson will contest, calls the latest issue of Women's Post "propaganda" and said his office has been getting calls from residents who have found copies delivered to their homes this week.

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"All I can say is I wish I had my own newspaper to send out to the riding to advertise myself, but I don't," Mr. Marchese said. "So it seems a bit unfair."

But Ms. Thomson said her decision to publish an editorial about the election is fair.

"I worked for eight years building this magazine, I did it on my own, we have no other shareholders," said Ms. Thomson, who was a candidate in last year's Toronto mayoral race. "I put my blood, sweat and tears into the company and I think anybody else could do the same thing, they could start a magazine."

Ms. Thomson's editorial is about a dream she had about having to choose between getting on four different boats, whose captains were the leaders of political parties in the upcoming election.

She said the magazine is regularly distributed within the riding. Before putting out the summer issue she made sure she wasn't breaking any Elections Ontario rules, she said.

"I didn't go into what my platform is," she said. "I was just giving my judgment."

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