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04/20/2018 22:01 EDT | Updated 04/20/2018 22:01 EDT

Labour Minister Labi Kousoulis Tells Jimmy Kimmel To Apologize For Halifax Explosion Segment

"The wounds are still very deep and very apparent within Halifax and our province.”

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Television host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at a ceremony for recording artist Lionel Richie to place his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles on March 7, 2018.

HALIFAX — A provincial cabinet minister in Nova Scotia has written a letter of complaint to talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, saying he didn't appreciate a recent segment that made light of the Halifax Explosion.

The letter from Labour Minister Labi Kousoulis says even though the disaster happened more than 100 years ago, Nova Scotian families still live with the memories of a wartime blast that killed about 2,000 people in 1917.

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Labi Kousoulis (centre) wrote a letter to Jimmy Kimmel about a segment on his show with actor Rob Lowe.

Kousoulis's letter says "the wounds are still very deep and very apparent within Halifax and our province."

During the segment, broadcast Monday, Kimmel and actor Rob Lowe used irreverent humour while discussing the disaster, with Kimmel saying at one point, "It was 100 years ago, so we can laugh about it."

The segment:

Lowe told Kimmel he was "obsessed" with the catastrophe, saying he successfully lobbied to have his character in a new movie named for the deadly blast.

In the new film "Super Troopers 2," Lowe plays Guy Le Franc, a former hockey star whose nickname is "the Explosion."

Lowe has worked on several projects in the Halifax area.

Kimmel said he had never heard of the blast, in which a munitions ship caught fire after colliding with another vessel and exploded — levelling the city's north end.

Kousoulis says Kimmel owes Nova Scotians an apology.

"I would ask that you please take into consideration the levity of your conversation with Mr. Lowe," the letter says. "I hope that you would offer an apology to all Nova Scotians."

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