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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measu… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen 

Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measures passed, and crossed the floor to the NDP caucus, pointing his finger and shouting obscenities.

In typical fashion, Thomas Mulcair began shouting obscenities back, and things could have gotten out of control, had not members of both parties stepped in to defuse the situation.  Then Speaker, Andrew Scheer, did nothing.

According to Van Loan, members of his party only left their seats, fearing for his safety; and according to Nathan Cullen, his only concern was for the women folk

Had a bench clearing brawl erupted, we can assume that only those wanting to engage would jump the boards and everyone else would scatter.  He should not have dragged gender into this.  What Van Loan and Mulcair did was wrong.  They created an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment for everyone.

Last week we witnessed a similar situation in what has been dubbed Elbowgate.

This time the obstructionism was more evident as several NDP members tried to delay the vote on Assisted Dying legislation, by preventing Conservative Whip Gord Brown from making his way to the Speaker.  Given that the clock was running out, the Prime Minister left his seat to move things along.

He was angry.  He cursed.  He was wrong.

During this brief encounter, NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brousseau, who had moved up behind him, got bumped.  She stepped back to her bench, laughing and then made a gesture like she had been injured.  

However, the issue here is not whether she was indeed hurt, or to what degree.  It’s not even about whether or not she took a dive, as many believe she did.


It is about what we know did NOT happen.

She was NOT sexually assaulted.  She was NOT molested.  And she was NOT the victim of intentional violence.  She pushed against Prime Minister Trudeau.  He did not seek her out.

But that didn’t stop the Opposition members from turning this into a three ring circus, making it all about violence against women and putting the lives of female MPs in grave danger.  Women must feel safe when they go to work, they insisted.

When did women become so fragile that we needed this kind of protection? When things like this occur in the workplace, they are disconcerting to everyone.  Believe it or not, we’ve heard the “f” word before and many of us like contact sports, including boxing.

Our female Members of Parliament come from varied backgrounds.  They are doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, business people et al.  Many rose to the tops of their professions and no doubt took an elbow or two in the course of their careers.  Singling them out as frail individuals is misogynistic.  Feminism run amok.

As feminist blogger Rachel Edwards says:

“While feminists say that feminism is about equality, actions speak louder than words. These actions suggest an uncomfortable truth. Feminism is not the assumption that we are equal, but the assumption that women are weak… “

Had the NDP stuck to the narrative that Justin Trudeau should not have lost his temper and should not have left his seat to physically move Brown through the NDP wall, they would have come out on top.  But by making it about violence against women, they lost all credibility and the public turned on them.

Not just Liberal supporters, but all women who know what sexual assault and violence against them really is.  Also many men who are tired of always being painted as “perverts, bullies and misogynists”

Unfortunately, most of the anger was directed at Brousseau, while it should have gone to those who victimized her for political gain.

I know I also found myself upset with the MP, especially after viewing the video, but have since realized that she only played a small role in this farce. What I also noticed from the video, was how easy it would have been for Brown to go around, instead of continuing to try to go through.  Sure looked liked a set up.

I also discovered from following social media, that many of the people decrying the bullying of Brousseau, are the same ones who bullied Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, just a week ago; so clearly this was not about protecting women.


NDP MP and self proclaimed feminist Niki Ashton, epitomizes what is wrong with feminism today.  She led the charge against Sophie Trudeau when she asked for help in performing her duties, by suggesting that no one asked her to do anything.

Something women have heard for decades,  if not centuries.  “No one asked you to have those children”.  “No one asked you to join a male dominated profession”.  “You brought this on yourself”.  

In November, Ashton had criticized the prime minister’s wife for taking her son Hadrian along on an official visit, despite the fact that he was still breast feeding.

Feminists need to step back and ask themselves what they are hoping to accomplish and pseudo-feminists need to stop assuming that they know. Only then will we be taken seriously.

What Was This Really About?

I was quite taken aback by several well known Canadian journalists and pundits, who shared stories on Twitter from international news outlets about the incident.  They appeared giddy over the fact that this might tarnish Justin Trudeau’s reputation on the international stage.  How is this a good thing?

Do they detest him that much that they fail to see that it would also be our country’s image that would suffer?


I doubt it will have much of an impact, but it does shed a light on the true nature of all the uproar.

So instead of #PrayForSophie #Nannygate or #elbowgate let’s just use one to cover everything.

#TrudeausJustTooDamnPopularGate



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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Deathly March of the Zombie Bills

With every passing day Stephen Harper and his rotting Con regime look more desperate, and more deathly.For not only do they look like escapees from the Night of the Living Dead.In the dying days of this Parliament, even their bills are looking like zombies.Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Brad Butt and the Monstrous Con Clown Show

It's hard to imagine a more outrageous performance in a Canadian parliament, or any parliament, than the one the Con MP Brad Butt offered up the other day.By first announcing that he had "personally witnessed" people picking voter cards out of the garbage, and using them to commit electoral fraud.And a few days later . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Brad Butt and the Monstrous Con Clown Show

Montreal Simon: Tubby Van Loan and the Collapse of the Con Regime

It couldn't have been a more surrealistic sight. The absurd Con House Leader Peter "Tubby" Van Loan, standing behind an absurd sign, declaring absurdly that the fall session of Parliament was a huge success.Amid calls for democratic reform from his own caucus, the Conservative government's House Leader is instead celebrating his party's legislative accomplishments . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tubby Van Loan and the Collapse of the Con Regime

Leftist Jab: Odd How Peter Van Loan Has Gone Into Hiding

Peter Van Loan has no answers

Ever since the Mike Duffy the imbroglio erupted, Peter Van Loan has gone into hiding on the subject of the entitled Senator. Let’s explore why that is.

On April 18th, 2013, Mike Duffy was suggesting that repayment for his housing allowance might not be “required”. His exact words were . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Odd How Peter Van Loan Has Gone Into Hiding

Leftist Jab: Most Shameful Politician of 2012: Peter Van Loan

Peter Van Loan is a sore winner

Peter Van Loan doesn’t believe in the concept of shame.

Well, check that. He believes that others might feel shame and that it can used as a weapon against your enemies. But is he ashamed of anything he’s said or done since the May 2011 election? He’d tell . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Most Shameful Politician of 2012: Peter Van Loan

Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien gets up close and personal with a protester. Below: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Tory chuck-a-bub Peter Van Loan, Liberal Fuddle-Duddler Pierre Trudeau, New Democrat Nathan Cullen, known for his gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Maybe I’ve just spent too much time hanging . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson

Accidental Deliberations: On culture wars

No, I don’t think Peter Van Loan’s finger-wagging merits the response it received – as talk of nearly every other issue ground to a halt yesterday in response to an incident of little substantive importance. But I do think it’s worth making a couple of points as to how we should respond to it – . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On culture wars

Montreal Simon: The Day The Cons Went Wild

They have turned our Parliament into a circus, and our democracy into a farce.They strangle debate, they never answer any questionsJust repeat one Big Lie after the other.They mock their opponents, like a gang of bullies drunk with power.But this is the absolute limit. Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day The Cons Went Wild

Montreal Simon: Tubby Van Loan and the Mighty Mulcair

If anybody still thinks that the Con regime is not out of control, the sight of Peter Van Loan in Question Period today should have been enough to cure that delusion.

For there was Tubby, as his friends call him, filling in for Stephen Harper, clutching a piece of paper with his scripted lines . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tubby Van Loan and the Mighty Mulcair

Politics and its Discontents: The Sins Of The Father?

But then again, perhaps Peter MacKay is only modelling his behaviour after his elders.

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Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Trojan Horse

Well, let's put it this way eh? It wasn't exactly democracy's finest hour.

First the Cons rolled their Trojan horse budget, packed to the rafters with non-budget stuff that will gut our environmental laws, into the House of Commons.

Then when the opposition demanded the bill be split up so it can be . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Trojan Horse

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So What Does Larry Miller Think of Jason Kenney’s Hitler-Like Move?

‘Walking past the hundreds of stately Somali refugees lined up outside the gates of the UN High Commission for Refugees here in Nairobi — men in tidy shirts and slacks, women in baby blue, fuchsia or copper chadors — the pasty face of Jason Kenney floats into my mind.

Later, watching the images . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So What Does Larry Miller Think of Jason Kenney’s Hitler-Like Move?

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Just when you thought the #CPC could not be bigger jerks than you already believed them to be

It’s hard to imagine anything more petty that the Harper Tory government’s decision to keep Elizabeth May from giving her short tribute to Vaclav Havel in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Surely the morons responsible for this ironic outrage understand that it would not have been news had they let the MP for . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Just when you thought the #CPC could not be bigger jerks than you already believed them to be

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: No one who has been paying attention should be surprised by Harper government’s fake pension ‘crisis’

“Holy shit,” this old guy is asking himself, “what was I thinking when I voted for Stephen Harper?” Below, Prime Minister Harper himself, possibly not exactly as illustrated. Below that, Mr. Harper as he appears to people who haven’t been paying attention.

Does it really surprise anyone that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is preparing . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: No one who has been paying attention should be surprised by Harper government’s fake pension ‘crisis’

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Ponzi Pension Plan

I used to roar with laughter when Peter Van Loan got so agitated during Question Period, he’d regularly spill his glass of water all over Stephen Harper, and would be seen frantically hovering over Great Ugly Leader, dabbing his crotch with a paper towel.

Having finally found his station in life. Until Harper fired . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Ponzi Pension Plan

Today’s Conservative: afraid of debate, emboldened by a docile media

For the 13th time in nine months, the Conservatives have stifled debate on an issue important to Canadians, especially those approaching old age. “Enthusiastic support”, indeed. When the public is shut out from discussion, of whose support is Van Loan speaking?

Mr. Van Loan made the accusations of delay in spite of the fact that . . . → Read More: Today’s Conservative: afraid of debate, emboldened by a docile media

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your afternoon reading.

– Alison Loat offers some suggestions to make political parties more responsive to Canadian voters: (H)ow can parties reorient spending to encourage a more balanced focus across their responsibilities? Political parties serve at least four critical functions: engaging citizens in politics, selecting candidates for office, aggregating policy perspectives and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Leftist Jab: Peter Van Loan Undergoes Emergency Colonic Irrigation Procedure

Rumours have surfaced that House Leader Peter Van Loan was rushed to a local Ottawa hospital to undergo an emergency colonic irrigation procedure to alleviate the heavy accumulation of fecal matter in his intestinal tract. The details surrounding his medical mess is still murky and the situation is still fluid.

Peter Van Loan blaming the . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Peter Van Loan Undergoes Emergency Colonic Irrigation Procedure

CalgaryGrit: Demand Better

Conservatives admit they’re behind false byelection phone calls in Liberal riding

OTTAWA — The Conservatives have confirmed they are behind a rash of phone calls to Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s Montreal-riding over the past couple of weeks in which constituents allegedly were told of Cotler’s resignation and a pending byelection.

This is completely indefensible, only . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Demand Better

Shorter Harpercons: Yeah, We’re Behind Those Pesky Phone Calls, Spreading Irwin Cotler Resigning Rumours, So What?

It’s not like it hasn’t been done since 1999, they say. Let’s see how some of them justify these latest actions, shall we?

“Every political party in the House identifies its voters in one way or another,” Conservative MP John Williamson said. “This is an important part of the political process.”

Hmm, perhaps, . . . . . → Read More: Shorter Harpercons: Yeah, We’re Behind Those Pesky Phone Calls, Spreading Irwin Cotler Resigning Rumours, So What?

What’s The Hurry, Stevie? Planning To Shut The Place Down, AGAIN??

We all have been hearing that Stevie Spiteful and his puppets have been doing all to curb debate on the motions they’ve been pushing in the House of Commons since their majority. Everything from scrapping the Canadian Wheat Board to that hideous… . . . → Read More: What’s The Hurry, Stevie? Planning To Shut The Place Down, AGAIN??