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He adds in the piece, “On the prairies, if it’s not Asian gangbangers whacking each other and occasionally innocent bystanders, it’s Aboriginal murder and mayhem.”

Bunner tells a story from early in his time at Boston University when “one of the other hockey players, a native Bostonian, invited me into his room to show me the biggest handgun I had ever seen. ‘It’s for the (N-word),’he said.” The original text is not redacted.

In a 1999 piece, Bunner wonders why the case of a man murdered by two gay men in Arkansas did not get as much attention as the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay man from Wyoming who was tied to a fence and beaten to death.

Bunner mentions one anti-gay activist who believes in the “disproportionate involvement of gays in deviant, violent sexual activity,” and suggests Shepard’s desire for “rough trade” sex contributed to his murder.

Myatt declined to comment further Friday. Kenney’s deputy press secretary Harrison Fleming previously told Postmedia the articles were old and people’s views change.

“Peoples’ views have evolved over decades — and that includes Mr. Bunner. Matters addressed in decades-old articles have long since been settled law,” Fleming said.

Bunner’s contract shows he began working for the Premier on April 30, 2019 he was being paid a base salary of $5,747.13 bi-weekly. That contract was set to run until May 23, 2023.

His contract shows in lieu of retirement benefits, Bunner is entitled to receive a payment equivalent to what his employer contributed to the Management Employees Pension Plan on his behalf, approximately 14.36 per cent of his base salary.

dshort@postmedia.com

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