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Saskatchewan cabinet minister ripped for 9/11 image on fundraiser poster Add to ...

Saskatchewan's Environment Minister is under attack after an image of the 9/11 attacks was used to advertise a Saskatchewan Party fundraiser in her riding.

The poster promotes the "2nd Annual Spring Fundraising Dinner" in Nancy Heppner's Martensville riding and promises a pig roast as well as a speech from Chief Richard Picciotto, the highest-ranking firefighter to be pulled from the rubble of New York's World Trade Center.

A bright colour image that forms the poster's backdrop shows the WTC's south tower exploding into flames. The New York Times photo was taken moments after hijackers flew United Airlines Flight 175 into the building's upper floors.

Over 2,600 people died in the ensuing carnage.

"Using that image to do political fundraising is tasteless and lacks judgment," said Dwain Lingenfelter, leader of the opposition NDP. "It lacks common decency and humanity."

The poster has been plastered throughout the political blogosphere, eliciting dozens of angry comments.

"It's almost too strange for words," wrote saskboy on the Humble Opinion blog. "It's like failed political satire."

An organizer whose phone number appears on the poster, Rick Gorelitza, said he doesn't see anything wrong with using the 9/11 image.

"I don't have a problem with it," he said. "It was discussed for quite some time. There's always someone out there willing to kick up dust over nothing."

Ms. Heppner's office will comment later in the day.

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