Alberta Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman says comments she made Monday did not show the professionalism she presents in the Legislative Assembly and has apologized for her words.
During a heated debate in Question Period, Sarah Hoffman alluded to the Wildrose Party as spending time with sewer rats. Wildrose claims she was referring to their constituents.
Hoffman told iNews880 Tuesday afternoon that she was definitely not talking about Albertans, but would not say who the sewer rats she was referring to were. “No matter what I was referring to, I regret using those words. There’s been some vitriol in the public sphere lately and regret that I contributed to it. I definitely was not referring to Albertans.”
“I apologize and I strike those remarks. I was responding in a way that was emotionally driven. I spent many years telling kids not to name call back, and I regret that I did so,” said Hoffman.
The Wildrose Party demanded Tuesday that Hoffman apologize to Albertans for the comment, claiming that she was referring to the general population, which Hoffman has denied.
“The NDP has called us ’embarrassing cousins’ and now they’re calling Albertans who do not support their agenda ‘sewer rats’,” Wildrose MLA Jason Nixon said. “Ms. Hoffman should immediately apologize. Albertans deserve a government that stands up for all Albertans, not one that divides them.”
Nixon said constituents in his riding aren’t sewer rats, but proud Albertans who want to see their province headed in the right direction. (eb)