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Former UCP chair apologizes for racism tweet

Last Updated Jun 2, 2020 at 5:03 pm MDT

(PHOTO: Twitter - @EdAmmar)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — After being heavily criticized for a tweet over the weekend, a founding member of the United Conservative Party (UCP) has issued an apology.

On Saturday, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen tweeted about the anti-racist protests happening in the United States and said it is also a problem in Canada.

In response, on Sunday Ed Ammar quote-tweeted Hussen and said: “Don’t bring this to Canada you f***in loser.”

A flood of responses criticized the tweet, leading to Ammar briefly suspending his account before reactivating it on Monday to issue an apology.

Ammar said it was an “ill-thought-out comment” and he is sorry for how it was perceived, but added that Canada is overwhelmingly open and tolerant.

Detailing his past as an immigrant from Lebanon, Ammar said he has seen Canada have fewer problems than the United States and doesn’t want the two countries to be lumped together.

Ammar was the founding chairman of the UCP but failed in his bid to become an MLA for an Edmonton-area riding.