NDP candidate Pat Martin apologizes for inappropriate language at debate
Meghan Roberts and Jeff Keele, CTV Winnipeg
Published Sunday, September 20, 2015 10:34PM CST
Last Updated Monday, September 21, 2015 7:48PM CST
Winnipeg Centre NDP candidate Pat Martin is known for his strong language.
But on Sunday, the outspoken politician apologized in a statement to his opponents in Winnipeg Centre for some of those colourful remarks.
“Over the last few days I have used some intemperate language that I regret. I would like to offer an unreserved apology to my fellow candidates and to anyone else who may have taken offense to the tone and content of these remarks,” Martin wrote.
During a debate at Portage Place mall on Sept.16, Martin was caught on camera calling Green Party candidate Don Woodstock a "son of a b---h" under his breath.
"Pat martin, I sincerely accept your apology because I know you didn't mean to bring my mother into the conversation,” said Woodstock on Monday.
Martin also attacked Liberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette. In a recent Huffington Post article, the MP was quoted as saying Ouellette is "full of s--t, frankly."
Martin also called Ouellette a "political slut" for joining the liberals after running as a Winnipeg mayoral candidate last year.
In the same statement as his apology, Martin wrote that he hoped people can move past the issue and return to discussing issues that affect Winnipeg Centre voters.
Ouellette has thrown his share of political barbs towards Martin, questioning the MP’s place of residence and accusing him of violating election laws.
"I haven't said anything that attacks his personal character; I'm just laying out the facts. If he doesn't like those facts he can address them," said Ouellette.
Christine Schroeder lives in Winnipeg Centre. She said the mudslinging is drawing more interest with voters in the riding, especially because it's between two well-known candidates.
"It’s fantastic that we have two really high-quality candidates, high-profile nationally known guys in this riding that are going to look to represent it,” she said. “It's a neat dynamic to watch."
The other candidates in Winnipeg Centre are Conservative Party candidate Allie Szarkiewicz, Communist Party candidate Darrell Rankin and Christian Heritage Party candidate Scott Miller.
Canadians head to the polls on Oct. 19.