Wildrose MLA apologizes again after Holodomor resurfaces in newspaper column
NDP MLA Jessica Littlewood is calling on Wildrose Leader Brian Jean to take action
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Wildrose MLA Rick Strankman is again apologizing for comparing the NDP’s carbon tax to Ukranian genocide, after a southern Alberta town re-published the politician’s original blog post in what Stankman calls a “miscommunication.”
On Tuesday, NDP MLA Jessica Littlewood called on Wildrose leader Brian Jean to take action regarding Strankman’s “callous” column.
“This is far more serious than a social media mistake,” Littlewood said. “It just seems they don’t have good organization in their caucus. They seem to be in disarray.”
On June 5, Wildrose members apologized for Strankman’s original blog post, which was signed by eight other Opposition MLAs.
The column, which was published in the Oyen Echo last week, quoted American economist Thomas Sowell, who wrote that people do more for themselves than the common good.
The column then refers to famine, when the Soviet government forced Ukranian farmers to give up their farms and join collective farms, which is also known as Holodomor.
On Tuesday, Strankman said the column was submitted on May 29 to a number of rural media outlets in the constituency of Drumheller-Stettler for publication.
"It was entirely a miscommunication that originated from my desk,” Strankman said in a prepared statement. “I want to again express deepest apologies to the Ukrainian community and all Albertans for its publication and for any unintended inferences.”
But Littlewood said apologies just don’t cut it.
“They have already apologized,” she said. “The leader needs to figure out why there is such disorganization in the caucus.”
Strankman said he has also endeavoured, in person, to issue further retractions to the column.