Ernest Bothi, creator of the sign and the organizer of the Big Country Oilmen's Association golf tournament, initially told reporters he had nothing to be sorry about. But, as the outrage grew, he apologized for offending anyone. He said the sign was meant as lighthearted fun. He said people he knows are upset with job losses due to low oil prices and feel Notley's government has failed to address those issues. Stephanie McLean, Alberta's minister for the status of women, condemned the sign as did Wildrose member Derek Fildebrandt. Fildebrandt said such action "feeds a growing culture of disrespect of people who chose to dedicate their lives to public service." Notley and many of her female colleagues have been targets of hate and threats online since taking power in May 2015.
The Rachel Notley Golf target sign is hilarious. I just wish they made Notley, and Turdeau target signs for rifles. pic.twitter.com/S8zUS9pIOY— Kyle Alexander (@NotKTAlexander) June 19, 2016
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