Boisclair shows emotion over homophobic attacks. I was horrified to see this particular issue brought up at all during the Quebec campaign. I thought Canadian society was moving beyond ridiculous G/L/B/T hysteria. Although not perfect, (few of us actually are) Boisclair is trying to serve the people of Quebec through public service. I think he’s been quite brave in taking on the job, willing to put up with the homophobic nutters who are constantly lurking seeking to overturn hard earned rights. CTV quotes Boisclair:
We must never live in a society where racism, intolerance, discrimination, sexism or homophobia are ….” Boisclair said before breaking off for a minute to compose himself.
It’s not your imagination; the low down dirty, smearing has increased since we all fell under the influence of “Canada’s New Government” The usual polite but aggressive demeanor in our parliament and politics has descended into a Harper driven “Lord of the Flies” mentality where accusations and stories are made up to ensure upheaval and chaos are the order of the day. An excellent strategy for ensuring a leader never has to answer for anything.
Harper has set a bad example for this parliament as the leader and Prime Minster of our Country; he has made slurs and accusations the everyday norm. The Conservative game plan appears to be smear as fast as you can and don’t look back. Our political discourse is changing and not for the better. Our government is dragging politics as a whole into the depths of public contempt by refusing to apologize for even the most base uncalled for name-calling. It makes you wonder what could be said that might actually make them feel sheepish enough to apologize.
Today we have this intersting interview from “View from the Left” with Green Party leader Elizabeth May where she is quoted saying:
Specifically in politics, there is a very hostile atmosphere towards women in the House, which I see every day from the diplomatic gallery. Peter Milikan actually arranged for me to have a special spot in the diplomatic gallery, which was very nice of him and acknowledges the rising importance of the Green Party. From this spot I see women heckled during question period in a way that can only be described as sexist, which is very distressing for a feminist, and I am one.
Good luck to all the parties trying to get more women to run… even if you offer the world you’re in for a challenge and its not getting any easier thanks to “Canada’s New Government”.