Cheryl Gallant issues late-night Twitter apology to Michael Ignatieff
Posted by Joanna Smith, Ottawa Bureau
It appears Conservative incumbent Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew--Nipissing--Pembroke) has pulled a Kanye West and issued a late-night Twitter apologyto Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff for changing his name so that it sounded like that of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Gallant, who goes by the handle @cherylgallant on Twitter, posted the following at 11:24 p.m. on Thursday:
@M_Ignatieff, sorry about remark on day 1. No place in debate about ideas and values
Unlike the belated Twitter mea culpa from the controversial rapper, which everyone knew was for having so rudely interrupted country music singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, it was not immediately clear what Gallant was apologizing for.
But searching for her Twitter handle suggested Gallant had appeared to play on Ignatieff's name so that it seemed like she was comparing him to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The alleged tweet cannot be found on Gallant's Twitter timeline, but someone named Tricia Wood, or @pkbwood, captured a screen shot of the tweet being archived on OpenParliament.ca, which keeps track of tweets by politicians.
The second tweet up from the bottom, apparently posted three days ago, says:
Wilmer Verch had super efficient wood furnaces @ Renfrew Home Show. No carbon tax please, Igaffi!
Gallant could not immediately be reached for comment and no one answered the telephone at the Conservative war room (it is pretty late at night, after all).
The official Twitter account for Ignatieff (@M_Ignatieff) had not yet responded by 12:31 a.m. Friday, as the latest tweet, posted Thursday at 2:11 p.m., was clearly not on the topic:
Ignatieff spokeswoman Leslie Church sent me an email at 12:38 a.m. Friday outlining her understanding of the story behind the apology:
"Cheryl Gallant was under fire tonight for calling Mr. Ignatieff 'Igaffi', in a poorly judged, less than subtle reference to Gaddafi on her Twitter account," Church wrote.