Canada’s immigration minister apologizes after he used ‘disrespectful’ word to describe Syrian refugee’s speech
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Posted September 25, 2018 06:18:23Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen issued a statement Thursday apologizing for using the word “disrespect” in a speech to an immigrant advocacy group on Parliament Hill.
The Conservative MP for Peterborough, Mark Warawa, said in a statement that Hussen’s comments were “inappropriate and unacceptable.”
“This is a moment for me to be clear about the fact that I have never said or written anything disrespectful toward the Syrian people,” Hussen said in the statement.
“These words are not reflective of my personal beliefs, which I share with the Prime Minister and many other members of my cabinet.”
Hussen was reacting to a report from the CBC that the minister had called Syrian refugee Ali, who is in her 20s, “disgusting” during a speech at a recent Ottawa event.
Hussen’s comments came after CBC reported that Hussens had called Ali “disgraceful” and “disheartening” in response to a question about the Canadian refugee program.
Hussen said Thursday he would be sending a written apology to the advocacy group and the Conservative party.
He also said he would apologize to the Syrian community, saying the Conservatives “must not make this kind of mistake again.”
Hussens is a member of the Canadian Alliance for Syrian Refugees.
Posted September 25, 2018 06:18:23Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen issued a statement Thursday apologizing for using the word “disrespect” in a…
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