Thursday, December 03, 2015
Rona Ambrose and the Madness of the Cons
I always knew Rona Ambrose's claim that her Cons would be different and better than Stephen Harper's Cons was a hollow boast.
And that she would not be able to resist the tempting target of Justin Trudeau's children.
I knew that a woman who would allow heroin addicts to die, and would jail those who smoke marijuana, is capable of anything.
But who knew she would have the nerve to call herself a feminist, and declare that child care was a luxury?
Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a rich man who should pay for his own nannies and not saddle taxpayers with the cost of raising his three young children.
Ambrose said that the public expects some perks for their political leaders, but they draw the line at luxuries like nannies.
"There are a lot of things that are provided to leaders of the opposition, to members of Parliament, ministers, to prime ministers, to support them in their public role, but I do think people believe far and wide that he should pay for his own nannies."
But then of course she would. The Harper Cons did make child care a luxury, by killing plans for a national daycare system, and replacing it with a monthly payment that doesn't cover even a week of quality daycare.
And the main reason they did that was to pleasure their rabid base who believe that a woman's place is in the home raising her children.
So this latest manufactured controversy is aimed not only Justin Trudeau, but also at Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau...
With the unspoken message being that she's not a good mother.
Just four weeks after her husband took office, it is becoming clear Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau will take an unusually active hold on the often staid role of Prime Ministerial spouse. Her high profile has already brought criticism, after she replaced the prime ministerial chef, was featured in unauthorized jewelry marketing, and, it emerged this week, was granted the aid of two taxpayer-funded nannies.
When in fact both Justin and Sophie seem to be great parents, a prime minister should have the right to make his or her own household arrangements.
It is as Thomas Walkom points out a scandal about nothing.
Within the crazed world of politics, some scandals should matter and some should not. The scandal surrounding Justin Trudeau’s nannies falls firmly in the latter camp. That the new prime minister’s publicly paid domestic staff includes two nannies does not, in any real sense, matter to anyone outside the Trudeau family.
And funding a special assistant for Laureen Harper, but not a child care worker for the Trudeaus, is an ideological position. And an assault on women's rights.
But then again what do we expect? When Rona Ambrose is just as much of an extreme right-wing ideologue, as her fallen leader.
And is still channeling her inner Harper.
Conservative Interim Leader Rona Ambrose addressed the national caucus Wednesday morning, saying the Tories “we will be a voice for taxpayers, a voice for families, and a voice for freedom.”
Switching focus to terrorism, Ambrose attacked the Liberals for ending Canada’s combat role in the fight against ISIS, a movement she says is motivated by “a hatred of our values, a hatred of our freedom, a hatred of my rights, as a woman and my ability to live freely.
Still claiming to be a feminist. A feminist who believes that child care is a luxury.
And still having the nerve to claim that the Cons stand for freedom, after having been a member of the most freedom hating repressive regime in Canadian history.
And after having served her depraved leader so slavishly.
Which must surely earn her a medal.
The only one she deserves...
And the best news? Postmedia which has been trying to pump the nanny story into a major scandal will probably be dead long before the next election.
Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Postmedia Network Inc.’s credit rating to the same grade assigned to ailing Greece, warning that the newspaper company could struggle to refinance its high-interest debt and calling its capital structure “unsustainable.”
And if we bring in electoral reform so will the Cons. So neither Ambrose nor any member of the Harperite cult will come anywhere near power again.
Their day is over, it was madness.
And it's our Canada now...
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