June 19th, 2024

Liberals apologize for post attacking Poilievre as Opposition seeks to oust Speaker

By Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press on May 21, 2024.

Speaker of the House of Commons Greg Fergus takes part in the Speakers Parade prior to question period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – The Liberal party is apologizing to Speaker Greg Fergus for using partisan language to advertise his event, after the Opposition Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois called for his resignation.

The opposition parties call it yet another display of partisan behaviour from the Speaker of the House of Commons.

The latest accusation stems from a post on the Liberal party website promoting a summer barbecue event featuring Fergus, who is a Liberal MP.

The event details included a political attack on Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, saying his “reckless policies” would risk the health, safety and pocketbooks of Canadians.

A Liberal spokesperson blamed the mishap on a miscommunication between the party and Fergus’s office.

The party’s national director posted a letter on social media addressed to Fergus, offering an unreserved apology and taking full responsibility for the error.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2024.

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