Canada

Alliance MP apologizes for 'boyfriend' remark

Alliance MP apologizes after anti-gay remark in the House of Commons.

A Canadian Alliance member of Parliament admitted she made an anti-gay remark last week and apologized to the House of Commons on Monday.

Cheryl Gallant, an Alliance MP from the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke near Ottawa, said her remarks directed at Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham were "inappropriate."

During an exchange in the House, after Graham said something negative about former Alliance leader Stockwell Day, Gallant shouted at Graham "Ask your boyfriend" or "How's your boyfriend?"

At first Gallant blamed the media for a smear campaign against her, but on Monday she said, "Last Wednesday in this House, I made a remark that, on reflection, was inappropriate and that I regret making. If anyone was offended by the remark, I offer my sincere apologies."

Alliance Leader Stephen Harper asked Gallant to "clear the air" by calling Graham to apologize.