New Brunswick

John Williamson's 'whities' comment should be condemned by N.B. legislature: motion

A New Brunswick politician has introduced a motion calling on the provincial legislature to condemn the views of MP John Williamson and affirm that the provincial government denounces his demeaning remarks about temporary foreign workers.

Motion introduced by Liberal MLA John Ames calls comments about temporary foreign workers racially charged

New Brunswick Southwest Conservative MP John Williamson has apologized after referring to "whities" and "brown people" in response to a question about the Temporary Foreign Workers program on Saturday at a conference. (CBC)
A New Brunswick politician has introduced a motion calling on the provincial legislature to condemn the views of MP John Williamson and affirm that the provincial government denounces his demeaning remarks about temporary foreign workers.

Liberal John Ames introduced the motion, which calls Williamson's comments racially charged.

The political website iPolitics reported that Williamson told delegates at a conference in Ottawa that it makes no sense to pay "whities" to stay home while companies bring in "brown people" as temporary foreign workers.

The Conservative MP, who represents New Brunswick Southwest, apologized in tweets Saturday for the language he used in talking about the temporary foreign workers program.

His remarks have also prompted criticism from within his own Tory caucus.

The motion in New Brunswick is expected to come up for debate within the next week.

The Canadian Press

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