Ontario finance minister apologizes for 'eye-candy' comment at funding announcement
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 22, 2018 2:51PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:48PM EDT
TORONTO -- Ontario's finance minister is apologizing for referring to male and female hospital workers as "eye candy" during a funding announcement in Toronto on Thursday.
Charles Sousa's comments were called degrading by Progressive Conservative legislator Lisa MacLeod.
Sousa initially said his remarks were meant to thank the hospital workers standing behind him, and said the comments were taken out of context.
He has since posted an apology on social media, saying his choice of words was "inappropriate."
In a separate incident on Thursday, MacLeod took Economic Development Minister Steven Del Duca to task for calling a question she asked at the legislature "adorable."
Wow. Just wow. Add that to the Del Duca calling me adorable in Question Period this is an appalling pattern. https://t.co/Vs3eBEBSn3— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) March 22, 2018
Del Duca apologized for his remarks and says he used a poor choice of words in his response to MacLeod.
Thank you Steven. Apology accepted. Let's make this a moment we can all learn from to improve the space we all work in and confront the challenges female politicians face. https://t.co/m0v8GC6vqK— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) March 22, 2018