Federal minister James Moore apologizes for 'insensitive' remarks

Minister James Moore, seen here in 2009. - Wikimedia Commons (author Kashmera)
Minister James Moore, seen here in 2009.
— image credit: Wikimedia Commons (author Kashmera)

Federal industry minister James Moore has apologized for "insensitive" remarks he made about child poverty during an interview with a radio reporter last week.

On Saturday, the Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam MP told News 1130 that issues of child poverty fall under provincial jurisdictions and Ottawa has no plans to interfere.

He then added: "Is it the government's or my job to feed my neighbour's child? I don't think so."

Moore initially blasted the radio piece on Twitter, saying his remarks were taken out of context and the story was inaccurate. However, on Monday he took a more conciliatory tone.

"I made an insensitive comment that I deeply regret," he said in a statement on his website. "I apologize."

"Caring for each other is a Canadian ethic that I strongly believe in — always have and always will. Of course poverty is an issue that concerns me, and concerns all Canadians. All levels of government, indeed all members of our society, have a responsibility to be compassionate and care for those in need.

"Great work has been done to tackle poverty and the challenges associated with poverty. And while more work is needed, I know the cause of fighting poverty is not helped by comments like those I made last week. For that, I am sorry."

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