Mulcair should apologize for Oliver 'smear': Kenney

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:46 PM ET

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney is calling on NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair to apologize for "nasty, vicious and extremely personal" comments against Finance Minister Joe Oliver.

"Mr. Mulcair's comments were way over the line and I think he should really give some consideration to retracting some of his more deeply personal and inappropriate remarks," Kenney told Sun News Network in Calgary on Thursday.

Mulcair unleashed a verbal torrent Wednesday after Oliver was sworn-in as finance minister.

"Joe Oliver as a minister was frankly an embarrassment and that he should be named minister of finance for Canada is a real shame," Mulcair said.

Mulcair also recalled a 2012 speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade when Oliver told the audience that natural resources projects are an opportunity for aboriginals "to transform communities that have been socially dysfunctional."

The NDP leader slammed Oliver for using the word "dysfunctional."


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