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OTTAWA -- Pat Martin's Twitter account wasn't hacked -- and the Winnipeg MP is defending his decision to tweet a few F-bombs late Wednesday night.
A posting on his Twitter account read: "This is a f---ing disgrace... closure again. And on the Budget! There's not a democracy in the world that would tolerate this jackboot s---."
Martin's outburst was emitted from the House of Commons during the vote on the budget implementation bill. Martin was aghast the government was forcing the end of debate on "the most important bill."
Implementation bills take the pledges made in the budget last spring and make them reality.
An hour later a second post reads: "For gods sake. In these uncertain economic times, don't you think our parliament should be debating our federal budget? Some due diligence?"
When a user known as LettingSmokeOut wrote: "Sad how a foul mouth socialist capitalizes 'Budget' but not 'god,'" the response was a blunt: "F--- you."
The exchange was monitored by Martin's 1,600 followers on Twitter and caused a stir throughout Twitterverse.
Martin told the Free Press this morning he was surprised by the uproar and admitted he'd had "hundreds" of calls since the tweet last night.
"I can't believe that," he said.
He said most of the comments he is getting from his own caucus colleagues are supportive because they too are frustrated by the repeated closure of debate by this government.
It has happened numerous times this fall including on the omnibus crime bill and the bill to eliminate the monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board.
"It (happened) while I was voting. I was looking across at them and thinking they don't even know the damage that they've done," he said of the Conservative MPs. "It took the Liberals 13 years to get this arrogant."
Interim NDP Leader Nycole Turmel is not asking Martin to apologize though she doesn’t agree with his words.
"His language was not appropriate and could have been offensive to some. That said, the Conservatives' actions are not appropriate in a democracy and offensive to all Canadians."
Martin is known to be one of the most colourful MPs in the House of Commons and has come under fire numerous times for his comments.
He has in the past threatened to punch a Liberal opponent during an election and likened the governor of North Dakota to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il.
Last spring he pledged to lead a movement to improve debate in the house of Commons, handing out buttons reading "opto civilitas", which is Latin for "I choose civility."
Martin said this morning he doesn't think his Twitter tyrade compromises that pledge because he is still respectful in the House of Commons.
"I don't heckle. I don't use vulgar language in the House. Twitter is speaking to your universe. I was civil in the house."