Liberal Justin Trudeau says negative comments he made about Alberta two years ago may have "hindered a little bit" his party's chances in the Calgary Centre byelection.
But in an interview on CBC Radio's The House with Evan Solomon he said he helped Liberal candidate Harvey Locke "on the ground" by campaigning with him several times in Calgary.
"Look, I helped out by being there on the ground. I may have, I may have hindered a little bit, I apologized but in general I think the fact is whether or not we won or lost that byelection there was always going to be an awful lot of work to do in Calgary moving forward towards 2015," Trudeau said.
Trudeau said on a Quebec TV program two years ago that Canada wasn't doing well because "it's Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda." The remarks were dug up by a media outlet last week, just days before the Calgary byelection on Monday. Trudeau apologized for his comments and said that he meant Stephen Harper's government, and not Albertans.
Locke, the Liberal candidate who was running against Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt, came a close second in the race with nearly 33 per cent of the vote compared to Crockatt's nearly 37 per cent.
Locke's voter base could also have been affected by remarks last week by Liberal MP David McGuinty, who said that Alberta MPs should "go back to" their home province if they weren't prepared to work for the national interest, rather than just Alberta's, when it comes to energy. McGuinty apologized and resigned his role as his party's natural resources critic.
Liberal MP Marc Garneau, who declared his leadership candidacy Wednesday, said on CBC's Power & Politics that Trudeau comments "didn't help" Locke. Garneau went on to say that he fully understands the West and the oilsands, because he spent two years on the board of an Alberta energy corporation.
The full interview with Trudeau can be heard on The House on CBC Radio Saturday.
Trudeau really stepped into it in Alberta eh? Quebec leader????
No one outside of Alberta cares that Trudeau dissed Alberta. But the appearance of favoritism for Quebec, that hits a nerve.
Trudeau said something bad about Alberta. Since when are cowboys so sensitive?
I'm from Alberta. Trudeau is right.
If anti-Alberta Justin Trudeau is elected, Western Canada should separate.
Anti-Alberta Trudeau interview reminds Canadians why the Liberals were voted out
Is Justin Trudeau still popular in Alberta today?
Part of me is offended by Trudeau’s anti-Alberta comments. Part of me wonders who are these nasty Albertans giving rest of us a bad name.
Justin Trudeau just keeps bashing #alberta. If you live in Western Canada and vote for Trudeau,hit yourself with a frying pan. #yeg #yyc
Hey to break it to the tories but if they attack justin trudeau as "anti alberta" it may work for him
Justin Trudeau found out what it's really like to play in the big leagues today. And Andrew Chantal and Bruce are eager to talk about it.
If I were Trudeau I would get out in front of this thing and challenge anyone to a boxing match.
I've watched a lot of TV on Trudeau's comments tonight but with rare exceptions, only non-Liberals speaking. What's that about? #cdnpoli
btw, it's comments like those from Justin Trudeau that convince me Alberta is better off as it's own country.
@petermansbridge all the dirty secrets will come out now. It's not even election time! Are the Cons threatened?
Long history of English reporters ignoring what happens across the river, my guess. MT @aaronwherry: How did Trudeau comments escape notice
I said it earlier and I'll say again. Justin Trudeau makes Thomas Mulcair appear sane. #cdnpoli #shinypony #tcot
To those upset by Trudeau's Alberta comments remember we have a Prime Minister who said Atlantic Canada has a "culture of defeat". #cdnpoli
Hold the phones everyone; a Liberal spoke out against western focused political interests. Honestly, I am stunned. http://t.co/VnTCtcJP
Let us all learn a valuable PR lesson: Tape never dies. #justintrudeau http://t.co/hwGkTe6a
Cause most LPC agree with western bigotry sentiments MT @SusanDelacourt: .only non-Liberals speaking Trudeau's comments. What's that about?
Aghhhhh Trudeau *palm face* CTV News: Conservatives seize on Trudeau's Alberta remarks as byelection fight heats up http://t.co/7KgYhFRB
Justin Trudeau caught on video with anti Albertan slant. SUN NEWS journalists will take turns masterbating to the video for the next week.
So Trudeau controversy asks if Laurier, St-Laurent, Trudeau, Mulroney, Chrétien were better for Canada than Bennett, Clark and Harper...
Trudeau should just come out and back the stamps in the grey cup. Problem solved.
#nevervoteliberal Ahhh...the old #Trudeau #Liberal #Quebec arrogance comes out again. Justin's comments on AB in 2010 http://t.co/vBtx30Xy
The govt now wants #LPC to fire Trudeau from his portfolio as critic for amateur sport, suggests 2010 comments were "anti-Alberta" #cdnpoli
TOstar headline: "Justin Trudeau faces uproar for alleged anti-Alberta comments" Alleged?! He said it! via @PartyOfSunshine cc: @shephardm
The NDP is jumping on the Trudeau Alberta comments, too. @nathancullen speaks to how great Alberta is #hoc
Trudeau anti-alberta bias- hardly believe he has changed his tune since 2010. He was raised by his father after all. http://t.co/7W1QPQF4
Wonder if Harvey Locke knows no good Liberals come from Alberta, according to J Trudeau. #tcot #yyccentre #yyc #abpoli #ShinyPony
Anti Alberta comments "Taken out of context" Justin Trudeau? Proves he is arrogant and delusional. #cdnpoli #abpoli #qcpoli