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Gerry Ritz apologizes for calling environment minister 'climate Barbie'

Gerry Ritz apologizes for calling environment minister 'climate Barbie'”

Responding to the first question in question period Tuesday, Carr rose to rebut Scheer's attack on the Liberals' proposed tax changes by demanding he denounce Gerry Ritz for comparing Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to a Barbie doll.

The media of the right, The Rebel, which the conservatives have recently separated, has sought to popularize the label "Barbie of the climate", as early as 2016.

On Twitter, the former MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster in Saskatchewan responded to a Yahoo Finance article with the headline "No major advanced industrialized economy is now on pace to meeting its Paris commitments".

Within hours, Ritz (Battlefords, Lloydminster) tweeted an apology for his choice of words. His original tweet has since been deleted.

The minister referred to had responded to a tweet asking the elected conservative if he used this "sexist language" to talk about his daughter, his mother or his sister.

Maryam Monsef, minister for the status of women, took to Twitter to call out Ritz's "gender-based name-calling".

Tory MP Michelle Rempel, who has spoken out about the sexism women often face in politics, also weighed in Tuesday night. Rempel tweeted that the video was shared widely and she "sucked it up" - but that maybe she shouldn't have.

Last October, Ritz suggested in the House of Commons that then-international trade minister Chrystia Freeland needed "adult supervision" during the Canada-European Union trade negotiations. Ritz was the Conservative party's trade critic at the time.

"I am 48 years old - I think I have the wrinkles and the grey hair to prove it - and I'm proud of the things I've accomplished in my life", she said at the time.

In 2008, during a listeriosis outbreak tied to Maple Leaf meat products that killed 22 people, he famously joked: "This is like a death by a thousand cuts".

When informed of a recent death in Prince Edward Island, he said he hoped it was Liberal MP Wayne Easter.



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