Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sexism is Alive and Well in the Conservative Party and Jacques Gourde Proves It

There are many reasons to dislike Conservative MP Jacques Gourde. He's dishonest and rude. But his sexist remarks in the House of Commons, were a little over the top.

Mind you, he's not really unlike most of the men in the Conservative caucus, while the women in the party just smile and pretend not to notice. Though in the case of Helena Guergis, I don't think she does.

Harper’s Conservatives want women to stay home and be quiet. . . We refuse!

Kudos to Ms. Johanne Deschamps (Laurentides—Labelle, BQ) who stood in the House of Commons to declare her outrage at sexist comments made by a Tory MP Jacques Gourde:

"Mr. Speaker, Quebec members from the Conservative Party have repeatedly stated in this House that the Bloc is useless in Ottawa. Well, not only is the Bloc Québécois useful, but you will never hear one of us speak as crudely as the member for
Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière did at the May 7 meeting of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

The member (Jacques Gourde) said: "Often, a father will give his son advice on how to select a heating system. That is not usually something a mother discusses with her daughter; a mother is more likely to advise her daughter on what curtains to pick. That is the reality. It may be sexist, but that is the reality." (What curtains to pick. Is he kidding me?)

Yes, Mr. Speaker, it is sexist. After all, your remarks simply reflect the opinion this government has of women, as evidenced by the cuts to Status of Women, the new criteria for the women's program, and the elimination of the court challenges program.

Back to: The Jacques Gourde Story: He Does Better at Pantomime

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