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Johanna Hurme issued a written statement Friday that notes Premier Brian Pallister comments also included thanking her for helping him prepare his food, since his arm is currently in a sling.don think his comments were ill intended, nor was it all that significant of a moment for me personally. The (unfortunate) reality is that I would not be in the position that I am in today, as an architect and as a business owner, should I not have dealt with much worse situations than this in the past, wrote Hurme.She could not be reached to add further comment.Hurme statement follows criticism from the Manitoba NDP and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce that the comments were inappropriate, due to the focus on the appearance of a woman at a business event, instead of her accomplishments.Most of Pallister remarks came near the opening of his speech.want to thank Johanna for dressing up. I want to thank her for those heels. I notice they a foot high, he said.In his own follow up statement late Thursday, Pallister said he has great respect for Hurme and only meant to mock his own six foot eight inch height.made an awkward reference to Johanna high heels in that context I meant no offence of any kind to Johanna, he wrote.Hurme wrote that she felt compelled to speak out on the larger topic of women treatment in the business community, since the premier acknowledged her appearance instead of her speech on sprawl and the province infrastructure deficit.I believe the premier was attempting to acknowledge my presence in the room, he unfortunately chose to do so not based on my work or content of that presentation, but rather make a joke about the fact I was wearing tall shoes. This, combined with the fact that the event took place in front of nearly 1,200 business leaders of our province, does require it to be called out and addressed, Hurme wrote. similar situations continue to be all too familiar for women in leadership positions across Canada. noted she now on a business trip, which prevented her from commenting sooner. She said Pallister has called her and his regrets. I believe we must hold our elected leadership to a high standard, I would like to move past this specific incident and focus on the bigger task. It warrants to be discussed, highlighted and eliminated from the business setting, and our society in general, wrote Hurme.