Tory minister introduces Harper as PM of 'Cannibal'

Environment Minister Peter Kent speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament...

Environment Minister Peter Kent speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 31, 2012. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

NORMAN WELLS, N.W.T. - Whoops. It's a slip of the tongue Environment Minister Peter Kent likely regrets.

Speaking as the announcement of a new national park in the Northwest Territories on Wednesday, Kent introduced Stephen Harper as the "prime minister of Cannibal" before quickly correcting himself.

It's the second time this week the prime minister has been introduced as a human flesh-eater.

On Monday, rookie MP Ryan Leef made the same mistake as Kent while hosting a Conservative party barbecue fundraiser outside Whitehorse, Yukon.

In fact, the cabinet minister blamed Leef for his flub, telling the crowd the MP had regaled him with his own language mishap prior to the park unveiling.

Harper laughed off both mistakes, joking that his two caucus members had simply managed "to confirm rumours about me."

The prime minister is in Canada's North for his annual summer tour of the region, with stops in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Manitoba.


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