Trudeau says 'sorry' for Alberta comments, insists he was only attacking Harper
Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau speaks with children and teachers after touring Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Liberal leadership front-runner Justin Trudeau says he's sorry about comments he made in a two-year-old television interview that have fuelled accusations that he's anti-Alberta.
The video surfaced this week in reports from Sun Media, which published quotes from a 2010 interview with a French-language station in Quebec.
In the interview, Trudeau said the country has suffered because Albertans control what he described as the "socio-democratic" agenda.
Trudeau has now apologized, though he continues to suggest the quotes were somehow misinterpreted.
He insists he was attempting to use a "shorthand" to criticize Prime Minister Stephen Harper, not the people of Alberta.
The governing Conservatives have seized on the video to attack Trudeau , particularly in Calgary, where a byelection scheduled for next week has become more competitive than expected.