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Tory leader urged to condemn ex-official’s racist comments –

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012542 Views

Dec 18, 2012

Manitoba’s NDP government says Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister should publicly denounce derogatory comments his party’s former youth wing president made about aboriginal people.

Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson has written a letter to Pallister, urging him to condemn the statements made by Braydon Mazurkiewich, who called aboriginal people “freeloading Indians” on Facebook on Friday.

Mazurkiewich was ousted as the PC Party’s youth wing president hours after he posted the comments on the social media website.

“The comments in question underscore a troubling ignorance of First Nations issues and basic principles of the laws of the land,” a spokesperson for Robinson told CBC News in an email late Monday.

“There is no place for them in any political party in Manitoba.”

While party president Ryan Matthews has spoken out publicly against Mazurkiewich’s remarks, Pallister has not.

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