VANCOUVER — B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan says he regrets making hurtful comments in answering a question about white privilege during the leaders debate in the provincial election, while Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson acknowledged the advantages he has because he is a white male.
Both party leaders were asked Wednesday about their answers in the debate the previous evening after being criticized for their responses.
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Horgan shared his experience playing lacrosse as a youth, telling the debate moderator he doesn’t see colour.
On Wednesday, Horgan said he needs to be reminded daily that he does not face the challenges of systemic racism that many others do.
“As a personification of white privilege, I misspoke, words matter,” he said at a campaign stop at Richmond. “I deeply regret it, but I’m also committed to making sure that every day I’m reminded of the discomfort that I cause to people and I will work to correct that.”