Noted Conservative political commentator Tom Flanagan has apologized after enraging the public and his own supporters by standing up for a persecuted group of Canadians — viewers of child pornography.
Flanagan is a former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and currently a politics professor at the University of Calgary. He received swift rebuke for his comments from the Prime Minister's Office and CBC News, where he had frequently appeared as a political commentator.
The University of Calgary and Alberta’s Wildrose Party also expressed disappointment in his comments, which launched a firestorm of unrest on social media on Thursday.
In a tangential moment during a discussion on aboriginal issues at the University of Lethbridge on Wednesday, Flanagan said he supported the right to watch child pornography because it didn't cause harm to anyone.
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