03/11/2016 03:56 EST | Updated 03/11/2016 04:59 EST

Wab Kinew Faces Calls To Be Dumped As Candidate

The comments made fun of fat women and called a sport "gay.''

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is standing by one of his party's star candidates despite calls he should be let go for social media comments.

Selinger says Wab Kinew has apologized, has turned his life around and has worked to help others.

The Liberals are calling on Selinger to dump Kinew over offensive tweets, most of which date back to 2009.

The comments made fun of fat women, called a sport "gay'' and appeared to make light of troubles on a reserve in northern Ontario.

Wab Kinew is running for the Manitoba NDP in the province's upcoming April election. (Flickr/Thompson Rivers University)

Kinew says he is sorry for the words he used, and has also apologized for misogynistic lyrics he wrote as a rap artist a decade ago.

Kinew, a well-known broadcaster and author, is running for the New Democrats in the provincial election slated for April 19.

Last week, the Liberals turfed one of their candidates after the NDP suggested they do so over offensive social media comments about women.

Selinger says that case was different because the Liberal candidate, Jamie Hall, did not fully apologize and instead defended his words.

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