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Politics Liberal candidate steps down after apologizing for offensive tweets posted as teenager

Liberal candidate Ala Buzreba has apologized unreservedly for posting offensive tweets as a teenager several years ago.

A woman who posted offensive tweets as a teenager several years ago has decided to step down as the Liberal candidate in the Calgary-Nose Hill riding in Alberta.

Ala Buzreba had earlier apologized for her tweets and blamed youthful ignorance for her social media faux pas.

In a message posted late Tuesday on her Facebook page, the 21-year-old Buzreba again apologized "without reservation" for posting comments "that do not accurately reflect my views and who I am."

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"I am confident this decision is the right decision for myself and for the people of Calgary Nose Hill."

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Buzreba did the right thing in taking responsibility for her actions as a teenager.

"I spoke with Ala last night who recognizes her mistake, who apologizes for that mistake and who assumes personal responsibility and takes on the consequences that come with what she did," he said Wednesday during a campaign stop in Winnipeg.

"That kind of personal responsibility is actually a lesson that there's a number of folks in Ottawa who should pay close attention to. Canadians expect that when you make a mistake, you apologize and you make amends."

Buzreba said she has posted a lot of content on social media over the years and, like many teenagers, did so "without really taking the time to think through my words and weigh the implications."

Buzreba, who was running against Conservative junior cabinet minister Michelle Rempel, issued an apology after some tweets she posted four years ago began circulating on Twitter, apparently dug up by Conservative supporters.

In one, she tells a strident defender of Israel: "Your mother should have used that coat hanger."

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In another, she tells a tweeter she deems a racist to "go blow your brains out you waste of sperm."

In yet another, she reports that she just got her hair cut and looks "like a flipping lesbian."

Buzreba said the tweets "reflect a much younger person" and that she has learned a lot about social media since she posted the vitriolic comments.

"I apologize without reservation for the comments I made a long time ago, as a teenager, but that is no excuse," she tweeted Tuesday.

"They do not reflect my views, who I am as a person, or my deep respect for all communities in our country."

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