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Crosbie apologizes for Pakistan suicide bomber joke

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador Lt.-Gov. John Crosbiesays he's sorry if a joke he made about Pakistan and suicide bombersoffended anyone.

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie
says he's sorry if a joke he made about Pakistan and suicide bombers
offended anyone.


Crosbie joked during a recent ceremony for
cabinet ministers that a U.S. man feeling suicidal about the economy
called a hotline for help.


He said the man was transferred to a call centre in Pakistan where he was asked if he could drive a truck.


Crosbie got laughs at the time, but a local Pakistan students group said the joke was a shocking reference to stereotypes.


Premier Kathy Dunderdale said in a statement that the joke was “clearly inappropriate.”


Crosbie, a former politician who's known for shooting from the lip, says he'll choose his words more carefully in the future.

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