21-year-old Ala Buzreba stepped down from her Liberal candidacy on August 18 after apologizing “unreservedly” for offensive tweets she had made as a “younger person” in 2011.
The following are Ala Buzreba’s tweets:
I apologize without reservation for the comments I made a long time ago, as a teenager, but that is no excuse. 1/2
— Ala Buzreba (@votealabuzreba) August 18, 2015
They do not reflect my views, who I am as a person, or my deep respect for all communities in our country. 2/2 — Ala Buzreba (@votealabuzreba) August 18, 2015
Conservative supporters had dug up her teenage offensive tweets earlier that day and posted this tweet:
— Paul Wells (@InklessPW) August 18, 2015
Federal Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau commented, “When someone makes a mistake it is important that they own up to it and they apologize. Ala has unreservedly apologized for her comments,” according to CBC.
Liberals for Calgary Nose Hill are coming to Buzreba’s defense. Riding association president Stephen Jenuth believes that the comments do not reflect who Buzreba is today.
Jenuth told CBC: “When you discuss her thoughts today, what she thinks of multiculturalism, what she thinks of other religions, people who have differences in points of view, everything appeared to the Liberal party to be quite appropriate”.
The Liberal party is unsure if Buzreba’s offensive tweets have only affected her political career or if they have damaged the Liberal party as well. The Liberals want to find a new candidate to fill the Calgary Nose Hill position within the next two weeks. Buzreba’s sister, Zehra Tajouri, defended her sister in the following statement (contains some profanity):