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Liberal MP apologizes for linking Poilievre to Winnipeg shootings

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
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A Metro Vancouver Liberal MP is apologizing for a social media post that questioned whether there was a link between Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre and a fatal shooting in Manitoba.

Ken Hardie posted Monday that the weekend shooting, which left four people dead in Winnipeg, was "beyond troubling" and asked if it was connected to a "burn everything down" attitude creeping in from the United States.

His post on X, formerly known as Twitter, then referred to "the 'creep' on the Canadian side" and mentioned the official Opposition leader by name.

Hardie told The Canadian Press this morning that he stood by his Tweet and was not apologizing.

But he changed his tune following a meeting this afternoon with Government House leader Karina Gould, who said earlier in the day that the post was "absolutely inappropriate."

Hardie says he now realizes that the post was inappropriate, adding there is no direct link whatsoever between Poilievre and the Winnipeg killings, which are still under investigation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2023.

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