I know, I know. Elbowgate is over and done with, but I’ve been struggling to finish this one for a while now due to health issues. I started drawing it early on when it was a big deal but only finished it recently (was on vacation just leaving Ottawa the day it happened in Parliament, actually).

On May 18, 2016, in an attempt to delay a vote in the House of Commons, NDP MPs stood around trying to block the Conservative whip from sitting down. Many MPs thought that both the government and opposition whips had to sit down before a vote could begin, but later, after the incident, was revealed that only the government whip needed to sit before voting could proceed. 

Seeing the opposition whip struggling to get to his seat, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got out of his seat, strode across the floor, and attempted to help Conservative whip, Gord Brown, through the NDP barricade. In the process of doing so, his elbow made contact with NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau’s chest. Opposition MPs were furious, calling the incident assault, physical molestation, and manhandling. After many, many apologies from Trudeau, Ruth Ellen Brosseau eventually accepted his apologies and the matter was settled.

What Happened

One of Trudeau’s Many Apologies

Full Explanation of Incident

This is a great photo of Justin Trudeau (and some cabinet) and the Premiers and opposition leaders at COP21 (as well as Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde)

Rona Ambrose appears to be missing on the party side of things. Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May are both there.
Petitioning Rona Ambrose Canadian women deserve better!

On September 26th 2012, you voted to pass a bill that would determine when millions of Canadian women would be stripped of their fundamental right under Canadian law to security of person as granted in the CCoR&F s.7. Canadian women deserve a representative who understands that women are people with ambitions, dreams, obligations, friends and careers. Canadian women deserve a representative who believes that women are more than their biological abilities and that those abilities should never be regulated by the government. Canadian women deserve a representative who understands that the ONLY person capable of defining a woman’s future is that very woman. Canadian women deserve a representative that will fight to move us into the future. Canadian women deserve a representative who refuses to revisit the battles long past.

You are not that representative and Canadian women deserve better than you.

An Open Letter to Rona Ambrose

Dear Rona:

What the hell?  I thought we were friends.  Your name used to be on some of those cheques I got on occasion- I thought you understood me, Rona. I saw you in Maclean’s, out with Laureen and some other political women having a pow-wow in the tundra, eating frying pan bread and presumably swapping strategies on how to have it all.  I thought you were cool.

But this week out I found out you supported a motion that would have a committee discuss if a fetus should be considered a human, and therefore have the same rights as children, adults, and Jason Kenny.  What is that Rona?  You have actually managed to make Steven look current.

Little Canadian girls with political aspirations are looking to you as a role model.  And here you are, Rona, trying to re-open Canada’s abortion debate.  Women deserve to have control over our bodies, just like we deserve to own property and vote, which were hard-won rights that opened some serious doors for you, sister. Maybe you should google Nellie McClung before the next time you head out to work as the MINISTER FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN.

As a social service provider, an environmentalist (yeah, I looked up your record), and a feminist, I beg you to resign.


A Woman Who is Really into Her Rights
Hon. Patty Hajdu (Liberal Party, Minister of Status of Women), Rona Ambrose (Conservative Party, Status of Women), Randall Garrison (NDP, Critic for LGBTQ Isses), Elizabeth May (Green Party): Government of Canada: Legally Recognise Nonbinary Genders
When I was sixteen years old, I went to get my G1 driver's licence. In filling out the form, I came across this question. Gender: Male [] Female [] Male? or Female? Even though I was only sixteen at the time, I knew that I was neither of those things. I didn't know what to write. After staring at the page for a while longer, I decided to leave it blank and ask the lady at the desk. "Your form doesn't have my gender on it," I told her. She was confused. "I'm trans," I told her, "and my gender isn't on this form." "Just put down female, and you can get it changed when you change to male," she said. But I'm not male. If I were male, I would have just checked the "male" box on that form, regardless of what my sex organs look like. That's none of anyone's business anyways. But I was sixteen at the time and didn't want to kick up a fuss. I just wanted to get my driver's licence. So I checked the "female" box. The fact is that myself, along with an estimated 1 750 000 nonbinary Canadians and 1 400 000 intersex Canadians must face the choice of male or female - a choice that forces them to lie about who they are. Every time an intersex child is born, every time we apply for government ID, every time we enroll in school, college or university we are ignored, pushed aside, and dehumanised. We are told that we don't even exist. The solutions are complex, but there is one that is ridiculously simple. Give us legal recognition. Allow people to legally claim "other" or "neutral" as a gender. Allow "O" or "X" on documentation in the place of "M" or "F". Seven countries have already done this. Canada could be the eighth. It's simple. All it has to say is Gender: Male [] Female [] Other[]

Please sign my petition!

Conservatives haven’t changed at all.

Now they’re blaming the violent misogyny, murder and disappearances of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on male native chiefs?

Rona Ambrose needs to stop. This is the reason we need an inquiry. We need to uncover the root causes, and I can guarantee you the actions of the chiefs aren’t going to be high on that list. I imagine racism, police violence, poor support systems and funding, colonialism and fetishism of Native women would play a much bigger role.