Tory MP sorry for offending with cartoon video

Posted in the Winnipeg Sun, October 25, 2011
By Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

OTTAWA - A Conservative MP offered a muted mea culpa Tuesday for posting a video on his website that shows a cartoon wheat board executive telling an ambitious wannabe grain farmer to "slow down young man, you are talking Eskimo."

"I apologize to anyone who was offended by the content of the video," Saskatchewan MP David Anderson said in a statement.

Anderson was unavailable for an interview because "he's hosting an event with farmers whom (sic) were jailed for selling their wheat outside the Canadian Wheat Board during the days of the previous government," a government spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

Calls for an apology from Anderson came from a national Inuit leader and NDP MPs, despite the fact the anti-wheat board animation in question was pulled from his website Monday.

Inuit leader Mary Simon denounced the inclusion of what she called the "racist aboriginal slur" that was offensive to the Inuit and had no place in public discourse or on an MP's website.

NDP MPs Linda Duncan and Niki Ashton, meanwhile, stood in the House of Commons to push Anderson to publicly apologize for posting the video.