Peter Mackay seems to have a big political problem when it comes to his outdated impression of the role of women in today's society. I don't know if his father's former cabinet colleague John Crosbie has been training him in the art of political incorrectness, but Peter keeps putting both feet squarely into his mouth!
Last week he found himself in some well deserved hot water for his comments at a meeting of the Ontario Bar
Association where he blurted that there are not as many women on the nation's judicial benches because women fear the job will take them
away from their children — and that children need their mothers more
than their fathers.
The comments were reported in the Toronto Star leading Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett to demand an apology from Mackay for his sexist comments. She never got one. Instead he said he had been misquoted and taken out of context.
This is not Mackay's first foray into controversy with sexist comments and Jurassic attitudes towards women. The former Progressive Conservative Party leader told former NDP leader Alexa McDonough to “stick to
her knitting.” He had the good sense to apologize for that one but it is obvious he learned nothing from it.
Unlike Crosbie, who was born in 1931, there is no justification for Mackays 1950's chauvinism. He is supposed to be a modern man. Of course what to you expect from a Conservative Party Minister. He is part of the cabinet and caucus that have been intimidating and cutting funding for women's groups for the past six years — including
the National Association of Women and the Law, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Centre for
Equality Rights in Accommodation, the Alberta Network of Immigrant
Women, and the New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition and the National
Network on Environments and Women’s Health.
Remember when Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth warned aid groups that they risk a backlash from
the government if they don't "shut the fuck up" on the government's
refusal to include abortion in the G8 plan? In 2006, the Conservatives cut Status of Women Canada’s budget by 37 percent and closed 12 of its 16 regional offices.
Sorry Peter, but your party's record makes it hard to buy your spin but thanks for reminding us how sexist your party really is!