There’s a reason we don’t hear some of the same expressions I remember as a kid. (I won’t list them here.)
Some of us, certainly many of us over 40, may not have realized how racist – or offensive in other ways – those childhood rhymes and game phrases were. Canada was not the multicultural, tolerant, feminist-honouring tapestry so many of us try to be about today. We have had a couple of generation’s worth of sensitivity training, but obviously not all of us were listening.
In his blog, “The Right of Left” (which, if I have the url right, has magically disappeared from cyberspace – replaced with pop-ups and spyware junk – since this controversy began), the communications director for London North Centre Liberal candidate Glen Pearson – someone by the name of Dave Burghardt – made some unacceptable, intolerant remarks. Then Glen Pearson asked the NDP’s Megan Walker to help him out.
I’m only catching up on this today because, as I casually checked my blog stats this morning, I noticed more than the usual number of hits on previous by-election entries I have written. None was about Dave Burghardt – I had not heard of him before today – and yet that was the name in these searches of my blog.
As the London Free Press points out Burghardt has also worked for Conservatives. Tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum.
I don’t know a lot about London. It has a reputation for being small-c conservative (radically so in the case of Dianne Haskett!) which would explain why blue Liberals, even Conservatives in Liberal’s clothing like Pat O’Brien, have so often represented the area. Yet it is a university town, a sign of being progressive surely, with an NDP Member of Parliament, too – Irene Mathyssen – the party’s Status of Women Critic.
By-elections are a time for ridings to stand out. If ever there was an occasion in London North Centre to elect New Democrat Megan Walker it is now!