Canada

Defence minister apologizes twice for insensitive remarks

The defence minister has apologized twice for remarks he made about MP Elsie Wayne.

Defence Minister John McCallum has apologized twice for a remark he made in the House of Commons to Conservative MP Elsie Wayne.

In a flippant comment, McCallum suggested Canadian troops could avoid so-called "friendly fire" incidents by wearing some of Wayne's clothes.

Wayne had asked him about proper identification markers for Canadian military vehicles, when McCallum made the comment.

McCallum apologized formally in the House for using inappropriate language.

He later repeated the apology outside the Commons, blaming the excitement of the moment.

Wayne said she was shocked and hurt, but the apology should mark the end of the matter.