Mulcair won’t fire aide who told pope to go f— himself
TORONTO — New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair said Wednesday that he had no plans to fire his most senior communications aide for tweeting offensive anti-Roman Catholic comments.
At an event in Niagara Falls, Ont., a grim-faced Mulcair stood resolutely by Shawn Dearn, whose two-year-old tweets resurfaced late Tuesday.
“He felt very bad about it and I’m more than willing to move on from that,” Mulcair said.
“He’s made a mistake and he has apologized for it. For me, that’s enough.”
The tweets by Dearn, hired in February as Mulcair’s director of communications, were quickly circulated on social media.
“Memo to CBC and all media,” one of them reads. “Stop calling the misogynist, homophobic, child-molesting Catholic church a ‘moral authority.’ It’s not.”
Dearn, who is married to a man, also took aim at Pope Benedict for saying Britain’s human-rights policy on gay equality violated natural law. The tweet used an offensive expletive in connection with the Pope.