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Liberal candidate in Alberta apologizes for controversial tweets

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Another federal candidate was forced to apologize for something posted on Twitter. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

WARNING: Some language in this article may be offensive to some readers. Discretion is advised. 

Another federal candidate is apologizing for offensive comments made on social media in the past.

This time, Alberta Liberal candidate Chris Brown is apologizing after a series of tweets demonizing women came to light and were circulated on social media.

He said in a statement posted on his Liberal.ca candidate page that the comments “were inappropriate and do not reflect the level of professionalism exemplified by those running for office.”

“In 2009, I lost my partner in a car accident in which a drunk driver was involved. This was an extremely difficult time for me personally and something I do not wish upon anyone. This emotional anguish led to an alcohol dependency problem and a complete lack of judgement when posting on social media. I am not proud of this period in my life, but with the help of my family and friends, I am proud to say that this is now behind me.”

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The controversial tweets were sent in December 2009. One of them said, “what would you do if you found out that your father wasnt [sic] you farher [sic] and your mother was a whore.”

Brown is the Liberal candidate for the Alberta riding of Peace River-Westlock. He’s up against Conservative Arnold Viersen, NDP candidate Cameron Alexis, and Green Party candidate Sabrina Levac.

Brown is far from the first one during the 2015 federal election to be forced to answer for questionable tweets sent in the past. Liberal candidate Joy Davies sent controversial Facebook posts about marijuana in 2013, Peter Kent was forced to delete a tweet featuring a debunked image, an NDP official was forced to apologized for anti-catholic tweets, a Liberal candidate was forced to step down for a tweet in which she urged someone to “go blow their brains out” and two Conservative candidates were forced out after one was caught urinating in a coffee mug and another was found to be posting questionable videos on YouTube.