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10/07/2016 13:16 EDT | Updated 10/08/2017 01:12 EDT

'We crossed a line:' Manitoba NDP member sorry for saying shame during vote

WINNIPEG — One of the Opposition politicians who said "shame" as female members of the Manitoba government voted down a private bill on sexual violence says he regrets what he did.

New Democrat James Allum says passions ran too high and a line was crossed during the vote earlier this week.

He says he sincerely apologizes to the women in the Tory caucus who were left feeling intimidated.

The Tory government voted against a proposed NDP bill that would have required post-secondary institutions to develop firm policies against sexual violence and harassment.

Tory member Sarah Guillemard filed a complaint with the legislature Speaker when some NDP members said "shame" when female Tories stood up to vote.

Guillemard said she felt the move was meant to isolate women in the government caucus for voting against the bill.

"Passions ran too high. We clearly crossed a line and for that, deeply regret it," Allum said in a telephone interview with The Canadian Press.

"From my point of view, the women in the Progressive Conservative caucus felt vulnerable, felt intimidated by the calls from across the floor and for that they deserve a sincere and genuine apology"