OTTAWA — Lisa Raitt is finally saying sorry.
The natural resources minister offered a belated and teary apology today for describing the shortage of isotopes used in cancer tests as a “sexy” issue from which she could benefit politically.
Raitt refused to apologize Tuesday despite heavy criticism from the opposition and the public.
Outraged cancer survivors and their supporters demanded Raitt resign — or at least apologize — for remarks they considered to be insensitive and calculating.
The rookie minister made the controversial comments in a private conversation with her aide which was accidentally caught on tape.
The tape was misplaced by the aide and fell into the hands of a reporter for the Halifax Chronicle Herald.