MP and Liberal Party leadership candidate Justin Trudeau says he is sorry for making controversial remarks about Alberta two years ago.
Speaking to reporters in Vancouver, Trudeau insisted his comments were directed at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and said he was wrong in his choice of words
“I was wrong to relate the area of the country that Mr. Harper is from with the people who live there and with the policies that he has that don’t represent the values of most Canadians,” Trudeau said in scrum footage available from various sources.
The controversy arose after a November 2010 interview with Trudeau that recently resurfaced in which he suggests Canada is struggling because Albertans control the social agenda, and that the country would benefit more if more Quebecers were in power than Albertans.
Also last week, Liberal MP David McGuinty resigned from his role as the party’s energy critic after saying Alberta Conservative MPs are shills for the oil industry and should “go home.”
The timing of the gaffes could be damaging to the Liberals in Monday’s by-election in Calgary-Centre where the Conservative and Liberal contenders are running a tight race.