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Political Gaffes December 11, 2005

Posted by Binford in Politics.
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My friend Reagan pointed out a gaffe by Conservative MP Brian Pallister:

Conservative MP Brian Pallister said he would give a “woman’s answer” to a question about his future in politics, a comment that has drawn fire from the Liberals.

Pallister is running for re-election in his south-central Manitoba riding of Portage-Lisgar. But he’s also testing the waters for a possible run to become the next leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives.

“I am copping what’s known as a woman’s answer, isn’t it? It’s a sort of fickle kind of thing,” he said, responding to criticism that a federal election campaign is no time for a candidate to be examining other job prospects.

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Thankfully, this story didn’t get much traction beyond the CBC article.  However, it is now refreshing to see that it’s not only the Conservatives who know how to put their feet in their mouths:

A prominent Liberal candidate in Quebec City apologized yesterday for saying that Quebec was a poor province dependent on Canadian federalism to keep itself afloat.

Hélène Chalifour-Sherrer, Liberal Leader Paul Martin’s former principal secretary and now a candidate in the Quebec City riding of Louis Hébert, said yesterday afternoon that, contrary to popular belief, Quebec “was a very poor province.”

“People still have the impression that the province of Quebec is the milking cow for all of Canada. That is not the case. The province of Quebec needs equalization payments and money from Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia, otherwise it couldn’t make ends meet,” Ms. Chalifour-Sherrer said.

The comments provoked an outcry of indignation from the Bloc Québécois, who said they were a sign of Liberal contempt toward Quebec.

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I’m glad the Liberals are starting to make these types of mistakes, but Hélène Chalifour-Sherrer does speak the truth about Quebec.  Without the rest of the country giving them handouts and catering to their every needs, Quebec would be a third world nation. 

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