Canada briefs – November 25

A Nova Scotia Conservative MP who stunned the opposition and advocates for the homeless after referring to the unemployed in Halifax as “no-good bastards” apologized Tuesday.

Tory MP sorry for jobless comment

HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia Conservative MP who stunned the opposition and advocates for the homeless after referring to the unemployed in Halifax as “no-good bastards” apologized Tuesday.

In a statement, Gerald Keddy said he did not mean to offend Nova Scotians who are out of work.

“I would like to offer a sincere apology for remarks I made regarding the unemployed in Halifax. These comments were insensitive, and for that I am truly sorry.

“In no way did I mean to offend those who have lost their job due to the global recession, nor did I mean to suggest that anyone who is unemployed is not actively looking for employment.”

Keddy, the parliamentary secretary for the minister of international trade, was quoted in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on Tuesday as saying some farm operators hire migrant labourers because Nova Scotians won’t do the work.

Keddy, who represents the riding of South Shore-St. Margaret’s, then referred to unemployed Haligonians as “all those no-good bastards sitting on the sidewalk in Halifax that can’t get work.”

Prisoner on lam after escape

HAMILTON — Police are scouring Hamilton for a prisoner on the lam after a daring and almost certainly planned escape that saw two masked and armed men bust him out of custody outside a hospital Tuesday morning.

Fawad Nouri, 25, was leaving Hamilton General Hospital in the late morning, escorted by two jail guards when the suspects burst out of the hospital.

Supt. Bill Stewart said it appears as though some planning went into the escape because prisoners aren’t told when their visits to the hospital will take place.

“Obviously the persons who assisted in this escape were able to obtain some sort of information that allowed them to be there at that time,” he said.

Nouri was in custody at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre after being wounded in a shootout with police in January after an alleged armed robbery.

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