Se­na­tor sorry for use of N-word dur­ing tes­ti­mony

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Sen. An­dre Pratte apol­o­gized Thurs­day for us­ing a no­to­ri­ous racial slur dur­ing a Se­nate com­mit­tee hear­ing, where he ut­tered the so­called “N-word” as an ex­am­ple of an ep­i­thet that should never be used. In an in­ter­view with the The Cana­dian Press, Pratte said he was try­ing to make the point dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing that there are lim­its to free speech when speak­ing about peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who are vul­ner­a­ble and sub­ject to dis­crim­i­na­tion. If he of­fended peo­ple by us­ing the word in that con­text, he apol­o­gizes un­re­servedly, Pratte said.

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