Aug. 11, 2018
Conservative Senator Denise Batters apologized to Liberal MP Omar Alghabra for her “choice of words,” as some rushed to accuse her of tweeting out a racist remark.
Alghabra, who is a parliamentary secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, appeared on Power & Politics Wednesday to discuss the ongoing diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia. Shortly after his appearance, Batters retweeted a clip of the interview, accusing the Mississauga MP of using government talking points and saying it may have been “interesting” for host Vassy Kapelos to ask Alghabra whether his birthplace “impacts this file for him.”
Senator Batters was absolutely correct in her inquiry, and given Alghabra’s troubling background that points to known past links with jihad terrorist-linked organizations, even more so.