Hoffman apologizing for 'sewer rats' comment

Alberta deputy premier in hot water over 'sewer rats' comment

Hoffman taking heat for "sewer rats" comment in Legislature

Alberta Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman says comments she made Monday did not show the professionalism she presents in the Legislative Assembly and has apologized for her words.

Wildrose MLA Jason Nixon asked Hoffman when the premier would make "better choices" surrounding policies related to employment and the carbon tax.

"There was no excuse and I want to start by saying that", Hoffman told reporters just before Tuesday's question period.

After being excoriated by the Alberta media, Hoffman relayed an apology, not to the "sewer rats", whom she refused to identify, but for losing her temper in the legislature.

The Wildrose Party demanded Tuesday that Hoffman apologize to Albertans for the comment, claiming that she was referring to the general population, which Hoffman has denied.

"The members opposite just want to keep jacking those things up", she continued.

Hoffman replied that while the NDP is working to make the lives of ordinary families better and is focused on hard hats, Wildrose is - quote - "spending a lot of time with sewer rats". "I spent many years telling kids not to name call back, and I regret that I did so", said Hoffman. "Ms. Hoffman should immediately apologize".

"I asked a question on behalf of all Albertans". He rejected a suggestion that the party was misrepresenting who Hoffman was referring to in her comment. Very, very clear, " Nixon said. Well, the people I associate with are my constituents.

The issue is not over.

Mason said she was not using the term to refer to all Albertans.

Speaker Bob Wanner said he needed to take some time before ruling on whether this is a point of order.

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