Manitoba

Morris MLA pulls ads from newspaper over racist editorial

A Manitoba MLA is pulling her advertising from the Morris Mirror, which has sparked controversy over derogatory comments its editor made about aboriginal people.

Mavis Taillieu says editor's apology was not good enough

A Manitoba MLA is pulling her advertising from the Morris Mirror, which has sparked controversy over derogatory comments its editor made about aboriginal people.

Progressive Conservative MLA Mavis Taillieu, who represents the Morris area, says she was not impressed with an apology made by Reed Turcotte, the Mirror's editor, in a special edition of the paper published late last week.

"I didn't really feel that he had made any substantial retraction in his comment," Taillieu told CBC News on Monday.

"He was standing by his comments, so I'm not comfortable with the comments made."

In a one-paragraph comment that appeared in the Mirror earlier last week, Turcotte gave a "thumbs down" to the Idle No More movement and wrote that some aboriginals "are demanding unrealistic expectations of the government and … in some cases, natives are acting like terrorists in their own country.

"Indians/natives want it all but corruption and laziness prevent some of them from working for it," he wrote.

The initial reaction to his comments prompted Turcotte to write, "We apologize to those we offended in that regards; however, we stand by the fact that the natives must work to get out of their situation rather than sit 'Idle No More.'"

Special edition published Friday

The ongoing furor then prompted him on Friday to publish a special edition of the Mirror, in which he issued an apology but also included 15 letters supporting his position.

"I feel that he hasn't made a retraction and there isn't a real understanding of the underlying issue here," Taillieu said.

Turcotte told CBC News last week that he would do an interview on Monday, but he has since changed his mind.

Last week, Taillieu had said she would not pull her advertising from the Morris Mirror because she still wanted to support the local economy.

Some businesses in the town of about 1,800 removed their ads from the paper on Friday.

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