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Goertzen Cancels Twitter Account Over Bill 18

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Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen has cancelled his Twitter account. He says he did so after getting some nasty comments about his position on Bill 18, the anti-bullying legislation.

"I wasn't getting a huge amount of negative feedback on Twitter but the type of comments that I was getting off of Twitter, in particular, were quite negative. They were in some ways somewhat abusive. I was concerned more because I have a young child at home and it would be very easy for him to check on an application on an iPad, for example, and see these sort of comments. He can read now and I didn't want him to be reading these sorts of things,"

Goertzen urges folks on both sides of the issue to be respectful in their comments so there can be a productive debate.

Meanwhile, Goertzen says he has received more than 8,000 e-mails opposing the Bill in its present form. He notes the discussion has now moved to Winnipeg and he's getting a lot of feedback from people there.

"Certainly the media perception is that this debate is limited to Steinbach. I would disagree with that from my own personal experience. What I would say is that this debate started significantly in Steinbach, I think that is correct. But I have seen, over the last couple of weeks, it has really shifted to Winnipeg. There are some very large churches in Winnipeg, Church of the Rock, Springs, that were talking about Bill 18 this weekend. So the volume of emails I'm getting now from Winnipeg has increased significantly about concerns about Bill 18."

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