OTTAWA — A salty-language Twitter spat between Chief Theresa Spence and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau broke out Thursday morning while a press conference marking the end of Spence’s hunger protest was underway.
Chief Theresa Spence missed the press conference to mark the end of hunger strike because she was hospitalized, but the person operating her official twitter account called Brazeau an “asshole” in response to comments the Conservative aboriginal senator had posted.
“And that is the typical “traditional” angry, victim speech I’ve heard all my life, which is why I got involved in politics,” Brazeau tweeted Thursday morning as Canada’s aboriginal leaders spoke Thursday.
Whoever was operating Spence’s account wasted no time in responding.
“Typical colonized indian asshole,” read a tweet from the @ChiefTheresaSpence account.
The tweet was deleted a few minutes later.
Brazeau has been consistently critical of Spence’s strike and the Idle No More protest movement, often taking to Twitter to express his opinions.
He has said previously that Spence should be going through the “proper parliamentary process” rather than demanding a meeting with Harper. He was turned away when he attempted to visit Spence on Victoria Island in December.
Brazeau has run into his own problems with Twitter, briefly halting his posts a few months ago after he used bad language to describe a parliamentary reporter.
The youngest senator in the upper chamber called Canadian Press reporter Jennifer Ditchburn a bitch on Twitter after she wrote a story about him having the worst attendance record.
Brazeau was absent for 25% of the 72 sittings between June 2011 and April 2012, the Senate attendance register showed.
He later apologized to Ditchburn.