Dragons’ Den star rebuked by CBC ombudsman for phrase ‘Indian giver’

From Calgary Herald, “Dragons’ Den star Kevin O’Leary rebuked by CBC ombudsman for phrase ‘Indian giver'”

The CBC’s ombudsman has blasted businessman and commentator Kevin O’Leary for using the term ”Indian giver” on his CBC News Network show, denouncing the term as “unambiguously offensive.”

The executive producer for The Lang & O’Leary Exchange has apologized directly to Alex Jamieson, an aboriginal man who complained, but O’Leary is a contract commentator and cannot be forced to express regret, ombudsman Kirk LaPointe writes in the report, published last week.

O’Leary, known for his brash, provocative commentary, heads up global investment firm O’Leary Funds.

He cancelled an interview with the National Post because, according to his assistant, he was ”advised” not to speak publicly about the issue.

The CBC is looking at making an on-air apology for the comment and as of Monday had yet to speak with O’Leary about potentially doing the same, according to spokesman Jeff Keay.

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