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Green candidate wants apology from MP Martin after debate

Federal election candidates (from left) Pat Martin (New Democratic Party), Don Woodstock (Green Party), Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Liberal Party) and Darrell Rankin (Communist Party) discuss their platforms at a forum at Portage Place Shopping Centre on Thursday.

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Federal election candidates (from left) Pat Martin (New Democratic Party), Don Woodstock (Green Party), Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Liberal Party) and Darrell Rankin (Communist Party) discuss their platforms at a forum at Portage Place Shopping Centre on Thursday.

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Alleged profanities uttered by New Democrat MP Pat Martin to Green Party candidate Don Woodstock during a debate has led to Woodstock demanding an apology from the longtime MP.

At Wednesday night’s fiery debate in Portage Place featuring candidates for Winnipeg Centre, a fired-up Martin took issue with Woodstock implying that Martin did nothing to help the members in his riding.

The insinuation by Woodstock that Martin and his staff ignored the needs of community members near his Sargent Avenue office, led to Martin allegedly calling Woodstock a "fucking prick."

Woodstock also claims Martin elbowed him in the ribs.

The words were uttered under Martin’s breath and for the most part were inaudible to the audience of over 400 people who had gathered to watch the debate.

"Not only am I demanding an apology from Pat Martin, but I have written Thomas Mulclair informing him of Mr. Martin's inappropriate behavior as a public candidate at a public debate and ask that he remove Mr Martin as a candidate," said Woodstock in the release.

On Wednesday afternoon Robert-Falcon Ouellette threw the first punch against Martin after he sent out a catty press release calling into question where Martin lived.

The press release lamented that Martin would sue anyone who accused him of living in British Columbia, but went on show evidence that added to the rumours that Martin lived on Salt Spring Island; Martin has always denied this longstanding rumour, insisting it is a cottage.

Martin's campaign said he was not available for comment Thursday.

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Updated on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 2:03 PM CDT: Spells out curse words

2:31 PM: Update

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