Strange new respect
Green Party leader Elizabeth May is quickest off the mark on the no-women angle of today's cabinet shuffle. She issued a release moments ago, condemning how "Harper missed the opportunity to promote some of the very few strong women in his caucus when he shuffled his cabinet."
"Women Members of Parliament are scarce in the Conservative Party, but Diane Ablonczy and Josée Verner are two who display competence without the attack - dog qualities of so many of others in Mr. Harper’s Conservative caucus," May's statement says. "But the Prime Minister has instead chosen to continue relegating women to minor portfolios and the backbenches. It is no wonder that Mr. Harper’s Conservatives are so unpopular with Canadian women."
May also speaks in defence of Rona Ambrose - remember her?
“While I condemned the disastrous climate policies of Ms. Ambrose when she served as Environment Minister, it was always clear the fault lay with the Prime Minister and not Ms. Ambrose. The appalling performance of current Minister John Baird confirms that a change of minister changed nothing for the environment. Surely it is time to give her a decent portfolio.”