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Liberal abandons candidacy because of offensive tweets

Ala Buzreba: ‘I apologize without reservation for the comments I made a long time ago’


 

CALGARY — A woman who posted offensive tweets as a teenager several years ago has decided to step down as the Liberal candidate in the Calgary-Nose Hill riding in Alberta.

Ala Buzreba had earlier apologized for her tweets and blamed youthful ignorance for her social media faux pas.

In a message posted late Tuesday on her Facebook page, the 21-year-old again apologized “without reservation” for posting comments “that do not accurately reflect my views and who I am.”

“I am confident this decision is the right decision for myself and for the people of Calgary Nose Hill.”

Buzreba said she has posted a lot of content on social media over the years, and like many teenagers, did so “without really taking the time to think through my words and weigh the implications.”

Buzreba, who was running against Conservative junior cabinet minister Michelle Rempel, issued an apology earlier in the day after some tweets she posted four years ago began circulating on Twitter, apparently dug up by Conservative supporters.

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In one, she tells a strident defender of Israel: “Your mother should have used that coat hanger.”

In another, she tells a tweeter she deems a racist to “go blow your brains out you waste of sperm.”

And in yet another, she reports that she just got her hair cut and looks “like a flipping lesbian.”

Buzreba said the tweets “reflect a much younger person” and that she has learned a lot about social media since she posted the vitriolic comments.

“I apologize without reservation for the comments I made a long time ago, as a teenager, but that is no excuse,” she tweeted Tuesday.

“They do not reflect my views, who I am as a person, or my deep respect for all communities in our country.”

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he was pleased with the apology.

“When someone makes a mistake it’s important that they own up to it and they apologize,” he said during a campaign stop in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

“Ala has unreservedly apologized for her comments. I think it’s important to point out that she was a teenager and we all make mistakes, but I’m glad to see she has unreservedly apologized.”

 


 

Liberal abandons candidacy because of offensive tweets

  1. What the article fails to note however, is that Trudeau made these comments BEFORE this young anti-semite Islamicist dropped out of the race. In other words, Trudeau was fine with her remaining a candidate as long as she said sorry.

    By the way, does anyone think this young islamicist has changed her views about jews or Israel in a few short years? Me neither.

    She is just as hateful as when she made these comments. I guess she’ll have to forget about being an MP in the near future. She’ll have to be satisfied with being a lowly Professor at a Canadian University I guess. that’s the only place she’ll fit right in.

    • I get that lying is reflexive for you, but you should keep in mind that you can be sued for libel.
      And calling someone an “anti-semite” without any evidence is libel.

      • Tresus……

        If you condemn Jews, support Hamas, and think Israel is an illegal state…you are an anti-semite. Read the tweets.

        further, I didn’t see anyone complain of Libel when folks call Harper a fascist, or a dictator. but..he’s conservative, so the case would no doubt be thrown out by the judge.

        • I have read the tweets she resigned over and you’re lying. That’s why you can’t tell us what she wrote.
          Don’t forget that when you lie about someone you can be sued.

          Ladies and gentlemen, your Conservative base!

      • No it isn’t. The litigant suing would have to prove she is NOT an anti-Semite in a civil court. This is not criminal law.

        • Ah, no.
          Our justice system doesn’t require proving a negative.
          But thanks for playing.

  2. Typicall teenage nonsense. But fighting back…even at 21… wouldn’t be worth the effort in the current Canadian political climate.

    • Emily,
      She had those views just a few short years ago. Her only “conversion” to civility, is the fact she was called out.

      Now, if she said these things when she was 17 or 18, but was now 40…then yeah, cut her some slack. this however is not the case.

      • You’d be amazed at the views Harper had just a few short years ago. LOL

  3. I don’t see the problem the Dauphine has ready converted when he recited the Shahada “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” I’ m disappointed he let her quit…Sarc/Off

  4. Upon hearing the story, I did not focus very long on the tweets, yes they were disgusting, but not uncommon for a teenager. At twenty-one she is still far too young to be a member of parliament (There are a few exceptions, but not her) and I doubt her recantation.

    My focus, instead, was towards the future, of an established MP demanding the introduction of Sharia laws.

  5. Good that she quit. Deeply disturbing that she was able to be a candidate.

    • The Liberals didn’t choose her IN SPITE of her extremists views….they picked her BECAUSE of them. What they didn’t count on, is people who don’t go to mosques finding out about it.

      Every vote counts right? Why do you think trudeau and his team of liberals have been spending more time in mosques than in the synogogue?

      • She didn’t quit because she has “extremist views”, nor did her twitter account demonstrate any such thing.
        She quit for tweets that expressed an extreme lack of civility and homophobia.
        What’s the point of continuing to lie, when doing so is so plain for everyone reading this to see?

        • I never said she quit because she had extremist views….I submit that she quit because HER EXTREMIST VIEWS BECAME PUBLIC.

          Learn to read dippy.

          • You still can’t point to a single example of her “extremest views”, because their aren’t any to point to.
            What’s the point of continuing to lie, when doing so is so plain for everyone reading this to see?

          • Tresus wrote:
            “You still can’t point to a single example of her “extremest views”, because their aren’t any to point to.
            What’s the point of continuing to lie, when doing so is so plain for everyone reading this to see?”

            Really? You are that stupid?

            Umm…..why did she quit then? I’m pretty sure it was BECAUSE of her extremist views.

            what was plain to see…were the extremist views SHE POSTED to twitter.

          • And you still can’t point to a single example of her “extremist views”.
            Impressive.
            We’re all capable of reading the article above and understanding that she quit for some uncivil conduct on twitter. So what’s the point in continuing to lie about this?

  6. I don’t understand why the media made such a big deal about offensive tweets, when there’s an NDP candidate, Hans Marotte, of Saint-Jean, who was CONVICTED of 30 counts of vandalism against English-language businesses in Montreal, plus he climbed the cross in Mount Royal and unfurled a Loi 101 banner. Why is nobody reporting on this and demanding his resignation? He’s a hateful vigilante who has caused a lot of fear in legitimate Quebec businesses and has no business representing a federalist party.

    • Ann, the answer is obvious.

      He’s not a conservative.

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