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.
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.
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.
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.