Notley 'bemused' by Jean's assault joke
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she was celebrating her 19th wedding anniversary when she heard that the Opposition leader was joking about physically assaulting her.
Notley says the news left her bemused.
She says Albertans must continue to hold all politicians to a high standard of discourse and, while it’s OK to disagree, it must be done respectfully.
Jean has already apologized for the comment, which he made at a town-hall meeting in Fort McMurray on Tuesday night.
He told the audience he would continue to beat the drum on key local issues, but joked that the law prevented him from beating Notley.
Notley and other senior women in her government have been the target of threats, violence and online hate since the NDP took office last year.
By The Canadian Press