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Hudak fuming after ‘bigotry’ Twitter posts

An Ontario cabinet minister was forced to apologize yesterday for a tweet accusing the prime minister, Ontario’s Opposition leader and Toronto’s new mayor of being bigots.

An Ontario cabinet minister was forced to apologize yesterday for a tweet accusing the prime minister, Ontario’s Opposition leader and Toronto’s new mayor of being bigots.

But provincial Opposition Leader Tim Hudak said the wording of the apology made the situation even worse and called for the premier to fire the minister.

Glen Murray, Ontario’s minister of research and innovation, posted to his Twitter feed a comment from another user on Saturday about Toronto’s mayoral race.

“(Rob) Ford, Hudak and (Stephen) Harper — the trifecta of Republican-style, right-wing ignorance and bigotry,” the tweet reads.

The user posted that in response to a tweet from Murray saying a vote for Ford was a vote for bigotry.

Murray issued a statement the same day Hudak raised the issue in the legislature, saying he doesn't think any of the three men are bigots. But the apology statement contained other paragraphs hinting at hate within Hudak’s ranks.

“I do challenge Tim Hudak to condemn strongly the hateful campaigning deployed in Toronto and to root out any of those working in his ranks who would try to exploit hatred,” Murray said.

A radio ad broadcast over the weekend on the Canadian Tamil Broadcasting Corporation suggested people should vote for Rob Ford because he is married to a woman.

Ford said his campaign had nothing to do with the ad and condemned it. It is not clear who sponsored the ads.

Ford’s election rival George Smitherman is married to Christopher Peloso.