CBC’s Mark Critch under fire for mocking Stephen Harper
CBC comedian and This Hour Has 22 Minutes writer Mark Critch came under fire Friday after sharing a photo to Instagram in which he is posed in a cowering position in Stephen Harper’s “closet,” following the former PM’s announcement of his resignation from politics.
“Stephen Harper has stepped down. Here I am in his closet,” says the caption on the photo, captured on Parliament Hill.
Harper was criticized — and later expressed remorse to his caucus — for fleeing into a closet during the Oct. 22, 2014, Parliament Hill shooting incident. After shooting Corp. Nathan Cirillo, who was on sentry duty at the National War Memorial, gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was himself killed during an exchange of gunfire in the Centre Block.
MP Michelle Rempel was quick to save a screenshot of the photo, and criticized the comedian’s “embarrassment” of a post on Twitter.
“I don’t really have words to describe my disgust at this post of yours,” Rempel wrote. “May you never have to experience hearing gunshots coming towards you while you’re in a confined space.”
The comedian took down the post shortly afterward, reactions continued to pour in on Twitter.
Neither the CBC or Critch have issued a statement regarding the Instagram post.
Critch is famous for accosting celebrities, political and otherwise, for 22 Minutes pieces, including a notorious 2004 interview with then-MP Carolyn Parrish in which he prompted her to stomp on a doll of U.S. president George W. Bush.