In response to a question from a reporter last week, I made an insensitive comment that I deeply regret. I apologize.
Caring for each other is a Canadian ethic that I strongly believe in – always have and always will. Of course poverty is an issue that concerns me, and concerns all Canadians. All levels of government, indeed all members of our society, have a responsibility to be compassionate and care for those in need.
Great work has been done to tackle poverty and the challenges associated with poverty. And while more work is needed, I know the cause of fighting poverty is not helped by comments like those I made last week. For that, I am sorry.
Luckily, the NDP got their demand for an apology out just before he did so.
Here is the original audio from News 1130 in British Columbia. His second response, which concludes the rhetorical flourish in question, at least cries out for further elaboration and specifics.
“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so” could still be the first sentences of an interesting paper on the role and purpose and place of government.