OTTAWA — Alliance MP Rahim Jaffer fought back tears as he apologized Tuesday to his constituents, his colleagues and his parents for covering up for a staffer who impersonated him on a radio show.
Jaffer's hands trembled as he read a statement in the Commons saying he was sorry for the antics of Matthew Johnston, his executive assistant, in an on-air interview with a Vancouver station.
``It was wrong for my assistant to appear on the radio claiming to be me and it was wrong for me to cover that up,'' he said.
``I told the producer that it was actually me on the radio. I lied.''
Jaffer was demoted as head of the Alliance caucus small-business committee after the incident. Johnston resigned.
Jaffer apologized to Commons Speaker Peter Milliken for ``not living up to the standards of this House.''
He apologized to fellow Alliance MPs ``for not living up to their standards of integrity.''
``I apologize for embarrassing them,'' he said, as Alliance Leader Stockwell Day looked on.
``I pledge my loyalty again to my leader and the whip, who've dealt with me firmly yet compassionately.''
On Tuesday, Day said he didn't think the situation with Jaffer would have a lasting impact on the party.