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2011 Election

Why are Women and Aboriginals always the target of offensive campaign comments?

Image Courtesy of Vancouver Sun

The story broke in the Vancouver Sun this morning about yet another male candidate being penalized as a result of inappropriate, hurtful, or downright moronic comments said in print, this time in British Columbia.

The Green Party of Canada joins the ranks of the Bloc and the Liberal Party in losing Fleetwood-Port Kells candidate Alan Saldanha for posting on his Facebook page that this is his favourite quote:

If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it!

I don’t even know how to convey how disturbing this comment is, let alone the even more disturbing trend towards targeting woman and Aboriginals in these unbelievable statements. Previous candidates in Quebec have been chastised for thoughtless comments about the electability or ‘laziness’ of ‘featherheads,’ but have ultimately retained their right to run as candidates (one for the Bloc, the other now as an Independent). Saldanha will not be so lucky, as he has resigned.

I wonder why anyone running for Federal office would not comb through everything they have ever posted online – EVER – and scrub it of anything that people might take offence to. A rape joke? The best outcome from this is that Mr. Saldanha will no longer be running.

I can bring up ‘throwing-the-baby-out-with-the-bath-water’ comment again, but even I am tired of it. As these things keep happening, now I am wondering if this is not actually the best way to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Maybe this is natural political selection at work before our eyes.

About awreeves

Editor-in-chief at Alternatives Journal. Author of 'Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian carp Crisis'.


2 thoughts on “Why are Women and Aboriginals always the target of offensive campaign comments?

  1. What kind of idiot do you have to be to leave that on your Facebook profile when you’re running for office??

    But more importantly, what kind of idiot do you have to be to find that funny?


    Posted by Karen | April 14, 2011, 10:37 am
  2. And this is why I think our finding this out was a blessing in disguise.

    Posted by awreeves | April 14, 2011, 10:52 am

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