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article imageSaga over Ontario Minister's 'bigotry' tweet has come to an end

By Andrew Moran     Oct 30, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation, Glen Murray, posted a tweet where he labelled Canadian conservatives, including the Toronto mayor-elect, as bigots. After several apologies and the Premier satisfied, the tweet has ended.
Glen Murray was one of the first openly gay mayors in North America. Murray was elected in 2010 to the Member of Provincial Parliament for the Toronto Centre. In the summer, Murray was appointed to minister of research and innovation.
Two days before Toronto’s municipal election, Murray issued a tweet on his Twitter page where he lambasted now mayor-elect Rob Ford: “If u vote Ford u r voting for bigotry.”
Later that day, Murray posted another tweet where he took aim at Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: “Trifecta of Republican-style, right-wing ignorance and bigotry.”
In a statement issued to the general public on Tuesday, reports the Toronto Star, Murray apologized for his remarks and regretted his tweets: “I do not believe Rob Ford or Stephen Harper or Tim Hudak are bigots. I regret tweeting a message that said otherwise, and am sorry that I did.”
However, Murray did say that he wanted to challenge the radio and online advertisements by a Tamil radio station that were identified as homophobic. Murray continued in his statement that he urges Hudak to “condemn strongly” the campaigns “exploited hatred with smear tactics.”
During an interview from Quebec City, Murray was still agitated that the leading conservatives in all three levels of government did not denounce the advertisements.
When asked about Murray’s comments, Ford told reporters during a high school football game: “To each his own.”
The Vancouver Sun reports that on Wednesday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty told reporters that it was time to put the issue behind them and that he was satisfied with Murray’s apologies: “I think we're going a little bit too far when we begin to parse an apology. I thought it was very sincere. I thought it was very earnest. It was a full admission that he had made a mistake. He offered an apology.”
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