WINNIPEG-Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves broke his silence Tuesday and announced in spite of a racist Facebook post made by his wife in 2010, he will stay in the race to become Winnipeg’s next mayor.
“My wife was scared and she was angry and she reacted,” he said at a press conference. Steeves says his wife had felt threatened after she was confronted by panhandlers in a downtown skywalk, and took to Facebook.
In the post , Lorrie Steeves said she was tired of being harassed by “drunken native guys” in the downtown. Lorrie apologized hours after the rant was made public by a twitter user.
Steeves attempted to side-step the issue and unveil a policy on permits and zoning variances. The announcement was interrupted by questions about his status as a candidate.
Steeves did not offer his own apology saying it was his “wife’s words”.
“I support my wife and I stand with her,” said Steeves. “She made the apology and I stand with her.
Several Winnipeggers had gathered to hear what he would say and tried at several points to interject with their own question.
Jim Bear of Brokenhead Ojibiway Nation says he’s disappointed Steeves didn’t stop to talk.