Yes that’s right everyone, apparently our Federal Minister of Fisheries had decided to really put his foot in his mouth by making a sexist remark to a high school student. A rundown of events c/o CBC news;
“In Fredericton, MP and federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, invited the media to a staged family conversation about the budget with Roland and Gina Moreno and their two daughters.
It was an opportunity to highlight the government’s emphasis on training young people for jobs the economy needs, but things went awkwardly off-script at the start as Ashfield sampled baked goods and chatted with eldest daughter Grace Moreno, a local high school student leader.Grace, you’re a great cook,” Ashfield said. “You’re going to make a wonderful wife for somebody.”
I know, what an appalling thing to say to a young woman!! The unmitigated gall of this supposed learned man and exemplar of society!!
Thankfully we had two people decide to stand up to this man for his very large breach of public etiquette especially in this enlightened day and age. Political Analyst Lisa Kirbie was quoted as saying;
“In what universe is it acceptable to tell a young woman that she’s going to make someone a great wife one day,”
Agreed Lisa, what universe would THAT be? She’s not alone; we also have NDP Member of Parliament, Megan Leslie ALSO chiming in with;
“His comments were disrespectful. Come on…’Grace, you’re a great cook, you’re going to make a wonderful wife for somebody.’ In other words, there-there, stop planning for your future.”
Thankfully someone has seen this compliment for exactly what it is and bringing this to everyone’s attention! Mr. Ashfield tried to save face from his thoughtless blunder but simply deflected things instead;
“Mr. Speaker, obviously the opposition has little to find in fault in our budget…if this is the only type of question it could ask.”
Trying to escape the heat Mr. Ashfield? You must know by now that the federal budget is nothing compared to a sexist comment hidden under the thinly veiled guise as a compliment! It doesn’t matter that you may have been sincere and had no ulterior motives or plans when you uttered such domineering wickedness!! Don’t you know that marriage for women is oppression, how could you have said such a thing? Well, we have a little insight into what this man was thinking after his office sent this message to Yahoo! Canada News.
“I would like to thank the Moreno family for taking the time to discuss Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013. The family’s insightful comments and feedback are valuable to me and our Government as we continue to build a strong and prosperous nation.
“My comments to Grace Moreno have been taken out of context and were simply meant to compliment her on her genuine hospitality.
“Ms. Moreno is a gifted and active young member of her high school and our greater community. And she has a great future ahead of her.
“I am proud of our youth and I appreciate the contributions that she and other youth continue to make to our community and country.”
Sorry, this message is too little, too late Mr. Ashfield. It appears more re-education is necessary in order to rid this world of these outdated opinions and stereotypes. However, I’d have more confidence that we could wash away this Sexism for good if there wasn’t a large portion of the commentariat agreeing that this was blown out of proportion. If anything, from their comments it seems people would like us to be less politically correct, gosh I wonder why.