Winnipeg MP stands by Twitter slurs

NDP member dropped F-bombs on Tories


Winnipeg MP Pat Martin, one of the NDP’s most prominent members in the Commons, refused to apologize on Thursday for a slur he tweeted against the Harper government on Wednesday, after the Tories shut down debate on a budget bill, the Globe and Mail reports. “This is a f–ing disgrace… closure again. And on the Budget! There’s not a democracy in the world that would tolerate this jackboot s–,” read the tweet. Interim NDP Leader Nycole Turmel appeared to stand by Martin’s Twitter utterings, noting in a statement that, “his language was not appropriate and could have been offensive to some,” but also that “the Conservatives’ actions are not appropriate in a democracy and offensive to all Canadians.”

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Winnipeg MP stands by Twitter slurs

  1. I agree with Turmel; Martin may not have used the best language, but his sentiments express the views a lot of Canadians hold over the way this government runs roughshod over democracy.

    • Martin’s head, like many thousands of heads, explodes at the thought of a Tory majority actually passing the legislation they were elected to pass. He’ll get over it. So will you. 

      • Martin was commenting on the Tories’ constant shutting down of debate via use of closure and other tactics. With a majority, it is inevitable that their bills will get passed, but debate often helps to identify flaws and improve legislation.

        Of course, Tories think they never make errors and so debate is pointless… and I assume from your comment that you fall into this camp.

        • Your first paragraph tends to open a door to some follow up discussions.

          Your second paragraph has the opposite effect – closure, you might say.   ;-)

  2. “the Conservatives’ actions are not appropriate in a democracy and offensive to all Canadians.”

    Even assuming for the sake of argument that the first statement is true, the second one is clearly stupid.  Nycole Turmel and the NDP:  continuing to win friends and influence people.

    • Indeed.

      Politicians (and others, for that matter) are almost always on very shaky ground when they presume to speak for ALL Canadians.

      A bit less of that presumption would go a long way.

  3. The last refuge of someone who cannot win an argument thru reason and facts is profanity.

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