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Ezra Levant stays silent after network's apology to Justin Trudeau

Sun News may have apologized for Ezra Levant’s “offensive” rant against Justin Trudeau’s parents, but Levant himself is remaining silent.

Even as critics call for Levant to make a personal apology for a monologue that included calling the late Pierre Trudeau a “slut,” the host of Sun News Network’s The Source declined to answer the Star’s questions when reached by email Tuesday morning, and again in person later in the afternoon as he was leaving the network’s downtown Toronto studios.

“My comments are that I have no comment,” said Levant, when repeatedly asked if he will apologize to Trudeau.

Levant appeared to be in a jovial mood as he was leaving work for the day. He referred all questions to Sun Media.

On Monday, the network apologized for the right-wing pundit’s five-minute monologue on his Sept. 15 show, in which he made the “slut” remark, also calling the federal Liberal leader’s parents, Pierre and Margaret, “promiscuous.” And he took aim at a photo tweeted by the Liberal Party of Canada, showing Justin Trudeau kissing a bride on the cheek on her wedding day, saying Trudeau had “invaded” her “personal, intimate day.”

Scott Reid, principal of speech-writing firm Feschuk.Reid, said that if Sun News determined the broadcast was offensive, then there is “an even higher obligation” on the person who said the offensive material to apologize. He said Levant should “man up” and address the matter.

“Ezra Levant has not taken any responsibility for his words and actions,” said Reid. “It leaves the impression that Ezra Levant can dish it out, but can’t take it … Until he comments, we’re all left to conclude that he doesn’t think what he said was wrong.”

The bride’s family has categorically denied Levant’s version of events, but Sun News, while apologizing, did not retract the statement.

“It is the view of Sun News that this segment was in poor taste and should not have been aired,” said a text read by a narrator Monday evening before The Source aired. “We understand why many viewers found both the content and language of this segment to be offensive. We apologize to Mr. Trudeau, his family and to our viewers.”

Shortly after Levant’s controversial monologue, Trudeau declared he would not speak to Sun Media outlets until the network provided an “appropriate response.” His spokeswoman, Kate Purchase, said the segment “crossed the line by airing a personal attack on the Trudeau family that was offensive, and breached any reasonable measure of editorial integrity.”

Trudeau accepted Monday’s apology and his office said in a statement, “We look forward to Sun News journalists resuming participation in Mr. Trudeau’s press conferences.”

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