Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Leadership Candidate Brian Jean Apologizes for Using Slur in Quebec Rant

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Leadership Candidate Brian Jean Apologizes for Using Slur in Quebec Rant

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Brian Jean apologizes for rant against Quebec

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DRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. - A candidate for the leadership of Alberta's United Conservative Party is apologizing for calling Quebec's position on Bombardier "retarded."

Former federal MP Brian Jean tweeted that he regrets his choice of words.

Jean was speaking with reporters in Drayton Valley, Alta., Wednesday when he was asked about Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard's call for the federal government to stand up against American tariffs on Bombardier jets.

Jean went on a rant about Couillard wanting Canada to stand with Quebec when there is opposition in Quebec to the Energy East pipeline that would carry Alberta oil to the East Coast.

"This is the guy that's now asking for national unity -- national unity while they stop our pipelines from going through because the don't believe in Energy East," said Jean, former leader of the Opposition Wildrose.

"They would rather support a dictator and his abusive system to the people that he controls rather good, clean Alberta energy. It's ridiculous and retarded."

Jean was blasted by at least one of his leadership rival's campaigns.

"Unacceptable," tweeted Blaise Boehmer, a spokesman with former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney's campaign. …

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