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Gerry Ritz apologizes for calling environment minister ‘climate Barbie’ – Ottawa

Saskatchewan MP Gerry Ritz has apologized for calling Environment Minister Catherine McKenna a “climate Barbie” on social media Tuesday night time.

The apology happened 20 mins after McKenna and others replied, calling the remark sexist.

Catherine McKenna fires back tweet climate Barbie Sept 19, 2017

McKenna fired again Tuesday night time, calling Ritz’s feedback sexist. (@cathmckenna/Twitter)

On Twitter, the MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster replied to a Yahoo Finance article with the headline “No major advanced industrialized economy is currently on pace to meeting its Paris commitments.”

“Has anyone told our climate Barbie!” Ritz wrote Tuesday night time.

Later, McKenna mentioned Ritz’s “sexist comments” would possibly not prevent ladies from coming into politics, and she or he requested whether or not he makes use of that more or less language together with his circle of relatives.

Ritz later deleted the tweet and apologized, pronouncing the phrase Barbie “is not reflective of the role the Minister plays.”

Former controversy

It is not the primary time Ritz, a former federal agriculture minister, has mentioned one thing debatable.

Gerry Ritz tweets apology McKenna climate Barbie Sept 19, 2017

An apology was once tweeted from Ritz’s account later Tuesday night time. (@GerryRitzMP/Twitter)

In the midst of a 2008 outbreak of listeriosis that killed about 20 other people, Ritz drew in style condemnation for cracking a comic story that the political injury from the problem was once “like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts.”

He later apologized for the observation, which then-high minister Stephen Harper’s workplace had referred to as tasteless and entirely beside the point.

Ritz introduced in August his plan to retire from federal politics this yr, and his ultimate day is about for Oct. 2.

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