Don't make me laugh.
And, with that, a new feature kids, right here on Broadsides! The adventures of Party Girl Guergis in her defence of women's status which, judging by her party's record, is to be lowered at every opportunity.
Example, from last week's Question Period in the wake of Saskatoon MP Maurice Vellacott's fabulations about women's reproductive choices. This exchange between Bloc MP Nicole Demers and Guergis. Boldface is by moi.
Nicole Demers (Laval, QC, BQ): Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister responsible for Status of Women refused to denounce the unacceptable statements made by a Conservative MP who implied that abortions contribute to the development of breast cancer. Besides being wrong medically, this assertion is meant to make women feel guilty. We would expect that the minister would defend women and the right to abortion with vigour rather than saying things worthy of Sarah Palin. When will the minister stop protecting the dinosaurs in her party to the detriment of women's right?
Hon. Helena Guergis (Minister of State for Status of Women): --Very clearly in the house yesterday, this member is actually fully aware that there are elected members in this house who have said very similar things at different times. Members in this house represent their constituencies and they are free to have any opinion that they choose to. It does not mean it represents the government. But please let me highlight one of our most recent achievements to protect women across the country. Recently we revised our citizenship guide. I would like to recognize the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for the great work he's done in specifically outlining that barbaric practices like female genital mutilation are not tolerated in Canada.
Ya think? I mean, until the revision of the citizenship guide, parents could pop in with their terrified daughters at any old corner store and have her lady parts chopped up while all the rest of us turned a blind eye. Wow. Thanks Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. I don't know where Canadian women would be without you and your swell woman-loving government to defend us from the incoming barbarians.
But what about those resident dinosaurs, hunh?
Okay, so now that you get how this is gonna go, we fast forward to today's Question Period (again, boldface by me):
Hon. Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, more than 520 aboriginal women and girls have gone missing or have been murdered in this country. Aboriginal women need to feel safe and they need to know they are being heard. The government talks about being tough on crime but refuses to act. It refuses to launch a complete public investigation. What will it take? How many more women will have to go missing? When will it launch a comprehensive, national, public investigation?
Hon. Helena Guergis (Minister of State (Status of Women), CPC): Mr. Speaker, the member is well aware that we are supporting Sisters in Spirit, which is led by the Native Women's Association of Canada, as it should be. It is a five year, multi-research project that our government supports and financially backs. We are in fact looking at exploring the next options. In fact the president for NWAC has recently said that she knows that I am supportive and that we are working together on a regular basis to look to the future.
Stay tuned right here for more non sequiturs and political bafflegab from your not-so-woman-friendly Conservative government woman defender.