Friday, October 20, 2006

McKay and His Dog....

I almost spit out my coffee this morning. I was opening my email, clicking on the headlines to read from the Globe and Mail. The second top story was about Peter McKay's "school yard bully" incident:

The incident occurred as Environment Minister Rona Ambrose was defending her new clean-air program from Liberal accusations that it does nothing concrete for the environment.

Liberal MP David McGuinty taunted Mr. MacKay, suggesting that if the Conservatives do not care about the health of people, they should care about the health of animals. Mr. McGuinty demanded to know: "Don't you care about your dog?"

Mr. MacKay, who dated Ms. Stronach when she was a Conservative, heckled back: "You already have her."

Mr. MacKay clearly gestured with his hand to Ms. Stronach's empty seat on the Liberal benches, Mr. McGuinty told reporters later.

To be honest, I thought his comment was hilarious and demonstrates his ability to think on his feet. I wasn't choking on my coffee for McKay's comment. I was laughing at the pathetic Globe and Mail article:

The Foreign Affairs Minister left the House almost immediately. He was travelling home to Nova Scotia late in the day and his office said he was not available for comment.

Ms. Stronach was meeting with child-poverty groups in Montreal and was not in the House at the time, Liberal officials said. She learned about the incident during her drive back to Ottawa, when she received a number of phone calls from colleagues.

She later issued a statement through her office, saying: "I am really disappointed that Peter MacKay would say something like that."

Linda Trimble, chair of the political science department at the University of Alberta, called Mr. MacKay's comments "unduly personal and mean-spirited."

Prof. Trimble, who specializes in Canadian and gender studies, said the remarks demonstrate the continued need for an organization such as the now-defunct Association of Women Parliamentarians, a group dedicated to cleaning up language in Parliament as well as to issues such as daycare.

Someone please explain to me the need to find a University professor to comment on this? Is this supposed to make the journalist's article more credible? She goes on:

She said she was heartened by the reaction of MPs who criticized Mr. MacKay and brought the incident to the notice of the Speaker. Nonetheless, harassing remarks are too often tolerated in legislatures across the country, and those who utter controversial remarks often receive little more than a slap on the wrist from the Speaker, she said.

Lol Come on! This is the parliamentary system. You're supposed to heckle! It was quite a good zinger!

Ms. Stronach, 40, was an Ontario business executive when she entered federal politics as a Conservative with an unsuccessful run for that party's leadership two years ago. Her romantic relationship with Mr. MacKay, 41, a long-time Conservative from Nova Scotia, ended 17 months ago when she crossed the floor to sit as a Liberal and become a cabinet minister.

At the time of the breakup, Mr. MacKay found solace at his family's farm where he was photographed digging potatoes and petting his dog. "Dogs are loyal," he said.

As long "as the world turns" we realize that we have "one life to live". So to "all my children", who are "bold and beautiful" know that for all the "days of our lives" we can count on the journalistic crap that comes out of our media.

My question is, does McKay even have a dog. I think McGuinty was setting him up for this and unfortunately McKay took the bait. The Liberals and the media will find anyway to make the Conservatives look back, blowing the smallest things out of proportion. This Globe and Mail article should not be on the front page. I really thought I was reading the National Inquirer...or the Star/Sun


Blogger Canadi-anna said...

The biggest shock is that he has such a high opinion of her.

Fri Oct 20, 12:47:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cartoon guys ought to have fun with this one. Imagine the blonde hottie with a a dog's head in place of her golden locks!

Or Belinda on her hands and knees with a bowl of puppy chow!

Or Mackay with Belinda on a lease!

Wed Oct 25, 04:56:00 PM EDT  

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