Family group gets its knitting in a knot
Never offend people with sharp pointed objects. That's the lesson Judy Wasylycia-Leis learned today in the Commons, when she tried to pay tribute to the departing Alexa McDonough. Judy threw in a little barb at the end that only political junkies might get -- those who remember that Peter MacKay once got in trouble for telling McDonough to "stick to her knitting."
"She endured criticism with grace, accepted praise with humility. We know her work is not done. Her struggle will carry on, we hope on the world stage," Wasylycia-Leis said. "One thing we know for sure is that she will not just stick to her knitting."
Well, that got some folks in knots. In slightly less time than it took the Terrible Knitters of Dent to whip up some wooly socks, the National Family Childcare Association pronounced itself offended.
"While the NFCA wishes Alexa McDonough a happy retirement as well, we do wish the NDP women caucus would stop slamming women who knit and prefer a life of childcare rather than in the house of Parliament," the association said in its release.
Unfortunately, the group didn't exactly hear the quotation properly, slamming the NDP MP for saying: "What we do know is she didn’t just stay home and knit!"
This, said the NFCA, amounts to a domestic incident.
"The National Family Childcare Association who represent men and women across Canada and the USA is demanding the NDP member Judy Wasylycia-Leis stop discriminating against women who choose traditional roles of being at home, knitting, cooking, baking cookies, etc.," the release says.
"We are very tired of other Parliamentary women putting down our roles in our family life, just so they can make themselves feel powerful. Her words are degrading and hurtful against every women in Canada whether they knit or not. Stop making us feel belittled just because we don’t make a 6 figure salary."
The pro-knitting lobby, naturally, is demanding an apology.