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Federal minister apologizes for joke he’s not sure he told

Federal Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn has apologized for a joke he’s not sure he made, responding to a complaint from a politician who didn’t hear it.

Joan Burke, Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister, demanded Hearn apologize Wednesday for telling what she called a sexist joke at a weekend Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador convention.

However, Burke did not attend Hearn’s speech in Gander, and would not repeat what Hearn supposedly had said.

Nonetheless, Hearn said Wednesday he is sorry if anyone took offence during his speech, which he said contained about 15 jokes.

Hearn said no one seemed offended at the event, and he can’t think which of the jokes might have offended anyone.

“I have never, ever in my life intentionally said anything that would offend anybody, and if I did on the weekend, I sincerely apologize because it’s not what I do, or how I do it,” Hearn said.

I note this not only because the situation is beyond ridiculous and belongs here by default, but also because now and then it’s nice to be reminded of what exactly our elected officials *are* getting paid for and how out of whack it is with what they’re *supposed* to be getting paid for.

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