“He’s too important of an MLA to let go down to an NDP whore.”
A video surfaced earlier Thursday showing Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski calling a provincial NDP candidate an “NDP whore.”
This is yet another example of what former Governor General Michaelle Jean recently called “the pervasiveness of misogyny, of women-hating, of words and attitudes that contribute to gender and sexual violence.”
In the video, Lukiwski, the MP for Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan, clearly said:
In a few short months, there will be a provincial election… Please sign up with Greg… This is a very important election provincially. We’ve got to get Greg back elected. He’s too important of an MLA to let go down to an NDP whore just because of a bad boundary.
According to the video, the NDP candidate, Karen Purdy, responded with:
“I was disappointed in Mr. Lukiwski. I was disappointed that a Member of Parliament would say something like this. I genuinely couldn’t believe it.”
Lukiwski’s comments testifies to the stubborn cancer of sexism in the realms of power and politics in Canada.
In early 2014, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to undermine Beverley McLachlin, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a grouping of highly-respected judges and lawyers, condemned Harper for trying to impugn McLachlin’s integrity.
Also in 2014, former Justice Minister Peter MacKay denigrated Canadian women when he tried to explain the gender deficit on the Canadian federal bench, and why the Conservatives preferred males for most judicial appointments.
MacKay said that Canadian women were just “too busy bonding with kids to be judges.” He stated that “women don’t apply to be judges because they fear the job will take them away from their children,” and because “children need their mothers more than their fathers.” MacKay was heavily criticized HERE and HERE and especially HERE.
Earlier, in messages sent to employees of the Justice Department, MacKay had associated women with household duties, and men with “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”
In June, MacKay appointed Robin Camp, a judge with the Alberta Provincial Court, to the Federal Court.
Last week, four Canadian law professors lodged a 13-page complaint against Justice Camp, alleging that he viciously attacked a female sexual assault complainant when he was still with the provincial court. During a 2014 case in which he acquitted the accused, Justice Camp asked the victim why she couldn’t just keep her knees together to fend off her attacker. And “why she allowed the sex to happen.” He asked the complainant questions such as “why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?”
Justice Camp has since vowed to “undertake a program of gender sensitivity.”
During the 2015 federal election campaign, Chris Brown, the Liberal candidate for for the Alberta riding of Peace River-Westlock, called women whores and bitches in a series of incoherent, profanity-laden Twitter postings.
In August, Gilles Guibord, a Conservative hopeful in Montreal, had some nasty comments about women and gender equality. He said:
“To be fair, I think it’s better to speak of men’s authority over women, than of superiority. I think that male-female relations were not determined by religion, but rather by forces present before religions [existed]. Man was stronger than woman, the woman was placed under his protection. Because of pregnancies, women were often in a state of fragility or insecurity, so men protected them…”
Misogynistic leaders like Lukiwski and “bad judges” like Justice Robin Camp are products of Canada’s highly respected school system. I recently blogged about the “University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture” after four male members of the university’s student federation viciously attacked the union’s female president. One of them fantasized about men punishing her “with their shaft.” Another said: “I do believe that with my reputation I would destroy her.”
It’s this pervasiveness of misogyny and women-hating that led to the Montreal Massacre, commemorated through the annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
On December 6, 1989, Marc Lepine went on a shooting spree at Montreal’s École Polytechnique and gunned down 14 female engineering students. Lepine ranted against “feminists” he considered to have encroached into, and ruined, his life.
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