Hey, swearing doesn’t count when it’s on the internet, right? It seems that Manitoban NDP MP Pat Martin got a little carried away over the lack of debate on the budget yesterday, taking to Twitter to express his frustration is a profanity-laced tirade. And, according to CTV, the fun didn’t stop there…
“But that wasn’t all. Martin went on to tell off followers who criticized his post, telling one person to “F— off” and directing the Bart Simpson-coined expression “Eat my shorts” at another.”
But while Rob F—king Ford denied using profanity towards an whaaambulance operator, Martin owned up to his angry outburst, and “and refused to apologize for what he called a sincere response to extraordinary circumstances.” (Is that what he really said? Or was it more like “I ain’t f—king sorry for nothing! Stephen Harper is a b—hass muthaf–ka!”?)
And yet his (interim) leader stands behind him, stating “His language was not appropriate and could have been offensive to some. That said, the Conservatives’ actions are not appropriate in a democracy and offensive to all Canadians.”
Indeed, the Conservatives so offended the entire country that they were reduced to four seats in Parliament in the last election. Wait, what’s this? They have a majority government!? How did that happen!?
Either Nycole Turmel is talking trash, or Canadians expect the same form of entertainment from their politicians as they do from their late-nite television programs. Did I mention there’s a new episode of Beavis and Butthead on MTV tonite?
UPDATE: 3:08 PM Well, according to the National Post, Martin actually did say “It was an honest expression of frustration of somebody trying to do their job,” on which they quote him verbatim. The Post also points out that Martin came to the House of Commons from the construction industry, where his outburst would be considered “normal industrial language.” A real man of the people, Pat Martin…