Monday, May 30, 2016
The Cons Claim Rona Ambrose Didn't Call Justin Trudeau a Woman
It was for me the lowest moment of the Con convention. The sight of Rona Ambrose strutting across the stage bragging about her party's feminist credentials.
While making a "joke" about Justin Trudeau as the first female Prime Minister.
As only a Con could.
But now Ambrose's office is claiming that never happened.
And that despite the fact that what she said is on tape, she never intended to insult Justin.
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose may have misspoken — or at least was misinterpreted — when she suggested in her speech Friday at the Conservative convention that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a woman, her office says.
“The notion that there was a deliberate attempt to insult anyone is just untrue,” said Mike Storeshaw, a spokesman for Ambrose.
So let's listen to the tape again and see what you think.
And then read what Jerald Sabin has to say:
Jerald Sabin, a research associate with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, said Ambrose’s comment was odd, because there are a lot of barriers to women participating in politics. “So on the one hand [Ambrose] celebrated the Conservative Party’s history with women’s leaders and women’s firsts — and then to turn around and kind of kick Trudeau in the same breath, there is something dichotomous about that, there is something odd about those two lines,” he said.
According to Sabin, who recently co-authored a study that showed that the 2015 election focused on the manliness of federal party leaders, with Trudeau often portrayed as subordinate in a field of aggressive alpha males, Ambrose’s swipe was part of a long pattern of attack on Trudeau’s masculinity.
And then travel back in time with me, and remember these ads with the little sparkly things swirling around Trudeau's head...
Or better still watch this video...
And then read this article.
Immediately after Trudeau won his party’s leadership race, the Tories unleashed a torrent of ads attacking the newly minted Liberal leader. This is nothing new, of course. The Conservatives are well versed in the art of the political takedown; just ask Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. But what makes the ‘Justin’ ads different is the unseemly gender baiting aspect to them.
Remember how low the depraved Stephen Harper and his scummy PMO monsters took this country...
And now read what Tim Powers, one of the few decent Con strategists has to say about what Ambrose said.
“I’ll be blunt, it wasn’t helpful, she could have just pointed out the history because it looks kind of petty,” said Powers.
He said Ambrose has done well as interim leader because she’s avoided sounding petty, and he thought her comment about Trudeau was “a little silly.”
And why he thinks she did it.
“Certainly lots of the corridor chatter at that convention was all about Trudeau…’a free ride…look at what he’s doing’ and I think some of the elected politicians probably felt the need to give the activists something to be motivated about because that’s the group of people in the end you have to motivate but was that the best way to do it – she’s my friend – but I would say ‘no’ and she of all people would know that too,” said Powers.
So hopefully you'll understand why I believe this.
Rona Ambrose should be ashamed of herself for managing to insult both women, and guys like me, who are trying to fight the misogyny and the homophobia that still poison our society.
The Cons are born liars.
Whatever the Con media says, it's still the disgusting Harper Party...
And needless to say in the name of human decency.
We really must fight back.
And we can't bury the Cons soon enough...
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