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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I guess it’s news: Helena Guergis and Brad Wall

In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), boldly called for an end to violence against women.

“This international day is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the countless women and girls worldwide for whom violence and the threat of violence are a daily reality,” said Minister of State Guergis.

Violence against women is, of course, a serious social problem, and I appreciate this official “opportunity to reflect” day the government has provided. But government calls for an end to this violence are as meaningless as government calls for an end to poverty.

If Guergis wants to do something meaningful to end violence against women, she should push for concealed carry permits, for instance. That would go a lot further than empty words.

More in “I guess it’s news,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced today a $129 million infrastructure plan to provide 100 per cent high speed Internet coverage in Saskatchewan within three years.

The money will come from the Government of Saskatchewan, SaskTel, the federal government's Building Canada plan and grants from Industry and Northern Affairs.

Rural dial-up is apparently unfitting of Saskatchewan’s new status as a commodities powerhouse.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 26, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink

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Minister of State (Status of Women) is what you award to a party loyalist who isn't quite up to the task of a real ministerial appointment and counts as one more female towards gender equality in cabinet.

Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-11-26 3:14:52 PM


In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), boldly called for an end to violence against women.
Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 26, 2008

Didn't she just marry a muslim. I wonder if she'll soon be wearing a veil.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-26 4:29:31 PM


I wonder if she would then agree that we men (and women)have the right to defend ourselves against violence here in Canada? Or is this just another "lets all feel good" and advocate for people in foreign countries thing? I say, put your money where your mouth is...

Posted by: JC | 2008-11-26 5:40:20 PM


An international day for the elimination of violence against men is when? Sorry but this is such a bunch of rubbish, especially when all the feminists suddenly go silent when Islam is involved. Honour killings are just one example.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-26 5:58:19 PM


The "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women" discriminates against men and boys. But the sexists at the Status of "I don't know what kind" of Women, don't care.

Matthew, I agree that pushing for concealed carry permits would be meaningful.

Posted by: TM | 2008-11-26 7:05:14 PM


hehehe....maybe Harper will open his wallet and give us all a paid day off. That way we can celebrate this "whatever" day and help save the economy all in one shot! :)

Posted by: JC | 2008-11-26 7:09:22 PM


To reduce violence against women, stop giving their verbal abuse such priority in domestic disputes. Women scream they've been wronged while their male partner's comments are hardly noticed. Reducing violence against women would happen when the women are jailed right away in domestic disputes. Then reason can gain the upper hand. Emotion would not be a significant factor.

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkahn | 2008-11-26 7:10:06 PM


Re: the idea that concealed carry permits would somehow eliminate (or even reduce) violence against women.

Worked pretty well in the states, didn't it? Get real.

I think it's hilarious when people's political identity -- whatever it may be, as this is by no means restricted to one end of the political spectrum -- takes over for critical thought. Hmm, I'm conservative, so I guess that means I'm supposed to like guns, because that's what all those real conservatives in the states do. The notion that more guns will end violence is just as simple-minded and fanciful as the notion of a “opportunity to reflect” day doing the same thing.

Posted by: GetReal | 2008-11-26 8:13:08 PM


GetReal, what data do you have that shows that concealed carry permits and gun ownership don't reduce violent crime? My bigger point is that in the absence of some policy recommendation, this is just another empty "opportunity to reflect" statement. It's busy work for politicians.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-26 8:44:25 PM


I think it's hilarious when people's political identity -- whatever it may be, as this is by no means restricted to one end of the political spectrum -- takes over for critical thought. Hmm, I'm conservative, so I guess that means I'm supposed to like guns,....
Posted by: GetReal | 26-Nov-08 8:13:08 PM

Ok, lets throw this into critical thinking mode...
IF you're conservative, can you agree that its the government's legitimate position to take away our right to self defense? Weather its with a pistol or a pointy stick makes no difference to the question. If you think the government has a right to this kind of behaviour, then I might say that you are not a conservative at all.
The "fact" is (and all the stats bear it out) that an armed population has a lower crime rate.
And I like that whether its an "American" thing or not. (Its a "right" thing) Good on em for creating the second amendment.

Posted by: JC | 2008-11-26 8:53:30 PM


What the hell? Violence against women and Brad Wall's high speed internet in a single article?

Epsi

Posted by: epsilon | 2008-11-26 9:17:53 PM



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