Harper Insults & Innuendo

I’ll admit I don’t regularly read the Hansard, but maybe I should, if this is what I’ll find.

December 4th Hansard:

Hon. Stéphane Dion (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, … for my first question to a Prime Minister, I feel I must talk about women’s rights.

When the government is posting multi-billion dollar budget surpluses thanks to the previous Liberal government, why on earth is the Prime Minister closing 12 of the 16 Status of Women offices across Canada if it is not to cripple those who dare challenge his government’s neo-conservative ideology?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC):
[after congratulating Dion and Graham]
Mr. Speaker, the government is reallocating money for women’s programming from bureaucracy to programming directly for women. I can assure all members of the House that when the government reallocates money, it does so to make it more effective for ordinary people, not to flow it into party coffers.


To suggest that the women who work at Status of Women Canada (SWC) and/or those who receive funding from SWC reallocate money into Liberal Party coffers is an insult to all women who work for progressive change in this country. Prime Minister Harper should apologize for that comment!

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4 thoughts on “Harper Insults & Innuendo

  1. Why reference AdScam in response to a question about SWC? It clearly detracts from the issue at hand and it also implies that SWC money was misused. Remember, this is the Harper. Everything he does is calculated.

  2. Why reference AdScam in response to a question about SWC?

    Essentially, to get in a cheap shot at the Liberals, and keep up the Liberals=corruption perception, which was essential to their win last election. I didn’t see this as a slur against SWC specifically (if you listen to QP regularly, you’ll notice that the Cons are rarely on topic when answering questions, especially if they see a chance to get a dig in against the opposition), but of course it’s open to interpretation.

  3. Should read:

    “The government is reallocating money for women’s programming from bureaucracy to programming directly for women [who are white and good Christian souls].”

    😀

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