Tuesday, October 31, 2006

My take: if the shoe fits... She may be a "bitch". She may not. Certainly, it's not the first time she's been called one. Belinda Stronach is no babe in the woods. Again, at most, an apology might -- might -- be in order, but a damn good case could be made for fair comment. Belinda has screwed over an entire political party, has twice thought of herself as Prime Ministerial material, while having accomplished precisely nothing outside of the family firm, and has had a personal life that has been the cause of considerable heartache and anguish. Spector haters like Chinchilla (who's been nicely filleted by Spector vis-a-vis his role in the Federal pre-sponsorship-days ad procurement system) and Chinchilla's under-employed lapdog Jason Cherniak want the full "burn the witch" treatment for Spector. It won't happen.

Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- Opposition MPs are calling on media organizations to fire a former Brian Mulroney aide for referring to Belinda Stronach as a bitch.

A British Columbia MP, New Democrat Dawn Black, says it's shocking that anyone would use Norman Spector as a political commentator after his remarks.

Spector told a Vancouver radio talk show that Stronach's breakup with Conservative MP Peter MacKay, as well as a role she is alleged to have had in the marital problems of former Toronto Maple Leaf Tie Domi, means she is a bitch.

Spector, who was also Canada's ambassador to Israel, did not back down from the remarks.

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, he pointed to the Oxford English Dictionary's definition of a bitch as someone who is malicious or treacherous.

But Judy Wasylycia-Leis, another New Democrat MP, says Spector's comments were unforgivable and hurt women everywhere.


Anonymous said...

Who'd have thought that stupid locker room banter would get everyone clamouring to score cheap political points. Looks like we've moved from bitches to whoring...

Ottawa Watch said...

Sad, really. No wonder politics and politicians are in, in the public mind, in the crapper. This is the kind of crap that will kill democracy, if it hasn't already.

Another twentysomething said...

If it gets the "Celebrity gossip" people interested in politics, though, then there's a silver lining.

Ottawa Watch said...

People used to be interested in politics because politics mattered to them, and they cared about their own freedom.