Wildrose leader Brian Jean is apologizing for a comment he made during a town hall in Fort McMurray Tuesday night.
In response to a complaint about the quality of seniors’ care and housing in the city, Jean said, “I’ve been beating this drum for 10, 11 years, I will continue to beat it, I promise. But it’s against the law to beat Rachel Notley.”
The Wildrose leader later backtracked, insisting that the Premier does care about seniors housing in Fort Mac and has been cooperating with him on the issue. He noted the premier had reversed an earlier decision made by bureaucrats under the previous government to move a long-term care facility in the community. Jean even led the room in applauding the premier’s work.
A Wildrose official says Jean has reached out to Notley directly to apologize. There’s been no response from the Premier’s office.
The interim leader of Alberta’s PC party is coming to the defence of Brian Jean, saying he’s not the first person to have a bad sense of humour.
McIver says he’s not excusing what Jean said, and that violence against women and public officials is never a joking matter, but he thinks Jean’s apology should be accepted at face value.