Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislature Member to Take Sensitivity Training after Offensive Tweets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislature Member to Take Sensitivity Training after Offensive Tweets

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Manitoba legislature member sorry for offensive tweets

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WINNIPEG - A Manitoba government backbencher is apologizing after calling asylum seekers a "drain on society" on Twitter and for retweeting posts that suggested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a "scumbag."

Cliff Graydon posted a message late Tuesday saying he is undergoing sensitivity training and taking a break from social media after coming under fire for the posts.

"Above all political debates must be respected," he posted. "This is a standard that I've not met on social media, as a result I will be taking some sensitivity training while limiting social media activity. I wish to offer my sincere and unequivocal apology for any offensive (sic) I've made."

In a tweet posted at the end of January, Graydon replied to a tweet where a woman called asylum seekers "illegals" and called them a "drain on society. …

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