NL’s Crosbie apologizes for offending Pakistanis by his racists joke

Newfoundland and Labrador’s lieutenant-governor John Crosbie apologized Thursday for making fun of Pakistan suicide bombers that a few found offensive.

“If anyone who thinks the joke is offensive, or there’s something wrong with it, well I’ll apologize to them, sure – If that’s what they think. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he said.

Last week, Crosbie cracked a joke on the appointment of provincial cabinet ministers by saying, “I called a suicide hotline. I got a call centre in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked me if I could drive a truck.”

He also said he will be more vigilant in the future and does not intend to offend anyone.

He added: “I’m not a racist. Never have been, but they’re sensitive about it apparently. I’m not going to get into any argument with them, except notice their opinion and I’m sorry that they were disturbed.”

While Newly-minted cabinet ministers laughed during Crosbie’s speech, Pakistani students at Memorial University of Newfoundland were shocked and offended.

“When I heard this for the first time, it was shocking for me. It’s not in line with the spirit of Newfoundland. The people of Newfoundland are very friendly. I have not felt or heard these kinds of jokes here in Newfoundland,” said student Wasiq Waqar.

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  1. You article last November on John Crosbies racist remarks was an echo of my own experiences,
    this is a custody battle but racism has reared it’s ugly head from the white mother and the people surrounding my black son, the court and the church in Newfoundland seem to think that they can not only deny my sons race and colour and even his father who the court refused DNA , instead saying the court orders me to be the father, the mother admitting to telling me to stop acting black and that my culture is a silly joke.
    the church is refusing to anull a fraudulent baptism and holding the people responsible accountable,
    the fact that my son is the property of a white man is astounding they are refusing any and all parental rights to me , why you might ask. because the fact is i nor my son are people under the law in Newfoundland therefore we have no rights.
    Otherwise how is it possible that a case that involves no violence drugs and with a black father who has a job and no criminal record is not allowed to be the father.

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