“I’m not ‘worked up’ so much as ‘fed up’ with the rat faced whores in the CPC who neglect to invite me to (announcements) in my riding,” he tweeted in response to a reporter’s query.
He seemed unrepentant when questioned by constituents and other MPs, tweeting: “Look . . . given the parliamentary session we’ve just endured, the term ‘rat faced whores’ is using a great deal of restraint . . . .” he said on Twitter to end the tirade.
Belanger said Martin was the one who decided he should leave Twitter.
A short while later, Martin returned to Twitter to apologize for his actions,
He said the First Nations in the community were concerned that the “building was empty” and that the money for the “inner city youth went to ‘Youth For Christ,’ who are Vic Toews’ donors and buddies.”
But then the attacks became personal, as Martin began attacking the minister of public safety’s personal life, including private details of Toews’ divorce that were revealed on Twitter earlier this year.
He also expressed disgust at the opposition: “These are truly bad people. They won their razor thin majority by cheating; Robocalls and who knows what else. American style dirty tricks,” he accused, then expressing frustration at being left out of the local announcement.
Martin did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday morning, but he told the Winnipeg Free Press that he was angry after having learned that he had not been invited to a refugee housing announcement in his riding.
“I got upset again,” Martin told the newspaper. “I just get so fed up with these guys.”
Thursday afternoon, Toews came out swinging in a statement emailed by his spokeswoman Julie Carmichael, although he avoided the use of profanities.
Toews defended Youth for Christ, an organization he said “helps countless disadvantaged youths and works to curb gang activity and the violent life it leads to” and then went after Martin.
“In the midst of his outburst, I understand that Pat Martin was upset about being left off the guest list for another announcement I made earlier this week that would see new residential accommodations built for newcomers. It is news to me that he is suddenly interested in the concerns of his riding,” said Toews, according to the emailed statement.
Toews went on to suggest that Martin has not worked as hard as other MPs — past and present — in the Winnipeg area to secure funding for his riding during the seven years that Toews has been the minister for Manitoba.
Martin also told Winnipeg Free Press that he would not comment further on the Youth for Christ funding because he needed to check the details.
“It was private tweeting to my followers,” Martin told the newspaper.
This is not the first time Martin has had a tantrum on Twitter. In 2011, he launched an expletive laden rant while sitting in the House of Commons.
This is a f—ing disgrace … closure again. And on the budget! There’s not a democracy in the world that would tolerate this jackboot s—,” Martin tweeted in 2011 when Conservative MPs shut down debate on the bill implementing the spring federal budget.
He then said, “F— you,” to someone who called him a socialist with a foul mouth.
With files from Joanna Smith