Friday, October 20, 2006

Politically Incorrect?

News article that awoke me from blogging slumber:

MacKay dogged by scandal

Scandal, in Canada, is rarely what scandal is in the US - although the sponsorship thing was a pretty good one.

Nobody here is abolishing habeas corpus, trying to terrorize the public into re-electing them, or having inappropriate communication with pages. At least not that we know of.

What we do have, aside from an MP being booted from his party ostensibly on account of his blog (a whole other story, that) is a nice juicy hissy fit.

There is a big history here and I don't intend to go into it but it's summarized in the linked article. For now, it appears that the Canadian Foreign Minister, Peter MacKay, is, so to speak, in the dog house.

According to the article and others like it, in the course of a debate on a new environmental bill MacKay was asked if he didn't care about his dog; he may or may not have shot back, "You already have her," while pointing to the chair sometimes occupied by his ex, an opposition MP.

All I can say to this is

You GO, Peter.

I'm sorry, I can't work up a whole lot of outrage over this. It's funny.

In fact it's freaking hilarious.

The ex in question was heard to protest today about being disrespected. Yup, just like the respect she showed to another woman, her current beau's wife, by dating him while they were still married.
She is now named in the divorce. Nice.

She also whined about it making things more difficult for women in politics.

Yeah, like she didn't just burst onto the scene as a candidate for LEADER of her party, bolstered by Daddy's millions, and later abandoned that party and MacKay by defecting to the opposition. Real difficult it was for her.

As for other women, I doubt this will make much of a blip in the big scheme of things. Sure it is difficult but it's not as if men don't squabble and disrespect each other in Parliament. If women want equality we should be prepared to tolerate the same level of abuse as men dish out to each other.

Or not. But don't make it into a woman's issue.

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