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Jim Prentice jokes about 'mirror' gaffe in Ottawa

Making fun of the furor over his “mirror” remarks, Premier Jim Prentice told an Ottawa audience today he has “stopped talking about mirrors.”

Premier says context of his message to Albertans remains consistent

RAW: Premier Prentice takes responsibility but doesn't apologize for mirror comments

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Premier Jim Prentice responds to criticism over telling Albertans to "look in the mirror" to find who is responsible for the province's financial crisis.

Making fun of the furor over his “mirror” remarks, Premier Jim Prentice told an Ottawa audience Friday he has “stopped talking about mirrors.”

"Thank you for that warm welcome," Prentice said at the annual Manning Centre convention in Ottawa. "It’s a warmer welcome than I’ve received on social media the last couple of days."

The premier's comments came after Prentice told Albertans to "look in the mirror" to find who is responsible for the province's current financial woes.

Speaking on CBC's alberta@noon Wednesday, Prentice told host Donna McElligott that "in terms of who is responsible, we need only look in the mirror. Basically, all of us have had the best of everything and have not had to pay for what it costs."

Prentice told CBC's Power & Politics that he takes “full responsibility” for his own statement, but didn’t apologize.

“It would be a long hockey game that you get through without stumbling over your own skates at least once,” Prentice said.

'They appreciate my candor'

The context of his mirror comment, according to Prentice, is what he’s been telling Albertans all along — adding “they appreciate my candor.”

NDP Leader Rachel Notley has asked Premier Jim Prentice to apologize. (CBC News)

While Prentice was polishing his mirror response in Ottawa, members of his caucus were  trying to avoid the issue all together.

In Red Deer for a news conference on Friday, municipal affairs minister Diana McQueen was asked about the controversy. She responded by talking about the budget and grandchildren.

"This is about all of us doing our part in difficult times," McQueen told reporters. 

Several Tory MLAs in Edmonton claimed they were unaware of the controversy, which shocked NDP leader Rachel Notley. 

"If these guys truly believe that they're not hearing anything different then I think we've suddenly had a level of tone deafness descend upon  the premier's office that is somewhat unprecedented," she said.

Away from Alberta, Prentice was enjoying the supportive crowd at the Manning Centre. Referring to B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s previous job as a radio talk-show host, Prentice told the audience that he may add “talk show survival skills” to their next bilateral meeting.

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