Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Lawmaker Apologizes for Comments Seen as 'Racist and Insensitive'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Lawmaker Apologizes for Comments Seen as 'Racist and Insensitive'

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N.S. lawmaker apologizes for Jamaica comments

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HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia lawmaker is apologizing for comments she made about Jamaica during a debate on the government's bill to regulate recreational marijuana.

Progressive Conservative MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, who represents the riding of Cumberland North, says in a Facebook post that the comments "were criticized as racist and insensitive."

She says she never meant for her words to be hurtful, and the comments don't represent the views of her party or its interim leader, Karla MacFarlane.

According to a transcript on the legislature's website, the controversial comments came during a debate on Tuesday over the Liberal government's proposed Cannabis Control Act.

Smith-McCrossin said she heard from a friend that "smoking in marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there's a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in Jamaica. …

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