This is why I didn’t not blog on IWD. I wanted to. I felt I was letting people down by not blogging. That I was not showing solidarity. And yet there comes a point when one is so satruated with all injustice, ridiculousness and governmental opposition to equality it just seems too big. Unfortunately it isn’t getting any smaller.
of the 9 year old impregnanted by her step father the church proclaims
The accused stepfather is not being excommunicated from the Church. Said ArchbishopJose Cardoso Sobrinho, although the man allegedly committed “a heinous crime … the abortion – the elimination of an innocent life – was more serious.”
Shorter church; stealing a young girls innocence YAWN, saving her life criminal
This disgust and hatred of all things female is not something in which only the catholic church indulges. Our government is pretty good at it too.
I print this in it’s entirety
On March 9th, 2009, the President of the Treasury Board, Vic Toews, mocked me in the House of Commons during question period stating that I was “whining and whining and yelling” while he was answering a question on pay equity.
I was in fact objecting to a statement that the Conservative government’s pay equity legislation reflects the recommendations of the Liberal Task Force report when, in fact, there is absolutely no resemblance between the two.
Later in that same question period, Minister Toews looked directly at my colleague and seatmate, Dr. Hedy Fry, MP, and said “Please give her a pill.”
This kind of chauvinist attitude should not be accepted anywhere in our society, let alone, where we debate the laws of this country. The fact that this was done only one day after International Women’s Day shows this government’s lack of respect for women and women Parliamentarians.
I watched as the entire front bench of the Conservative government could not control their laughter as the Minister told me to take a pill.
The Minister went on to say, “I do not know what the problem is. Maybe someone with other expertise might be able to determine what the problem is.”
Attempting to hold the government to account should not be reason for degrading another Member of Parliament and saying that she is only whining and that she should take a pill.
Over and over again, women MPs have had to listen as this Conservative government has shown a complete lack of respect. I say enough is enough. Why would more women want to be Members of Parliament if this is the kind of behaviour waiting for them in the House of Commons.
I say to this Conservative government, argue policies against policies – do not insult Members of Parliament simply because they are doing their job and holding you to account.
The Minister’s behaviour showed no respect for Parliament or for women.
Hon. Maria Minna, P.C., M.P.
Official Opposition Critic for Labour
Chair, National Liberal Women’s Caucus
I urge everyone to contact Vic Toews, Harper and their member of Parliament and demand an apology not only to Ms. Minna and Ms. Fry but also to the women of Canada.
Parliament once erupted in laughter over the issue of violence against women. It appears those sorry days may be returning.