Thursday, January 25, 2007

Storm clouds circling over Colin Mayes

Something is rotten in Okanagan-Shushawp and it may cost Conservative MP Colin Mayes his job as chair of the HoC’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee. Couldn’t come at a worse time for Steve’s moderation project too.

There seem to be some serious issues at the local Conservative riding association, with 10 of the 30 directors having left the board since last March. One member who was recently fired off the board, Miles Lehn, said he was canned after expressing concern over the growing control the religious right was accumulating and exerting over the riding association:

“What I found on the board was that they were basically all members of (Mayes’ church) congregation. It seems to have gone in the direction of dirty liberal policies and tactics.”


Then there’s Colin’s executive assistant fighting against homeless shelters (h/t Audacious Onthology):


... At the public hearing into rezoning for the proposed Salmon Arm shelter, Terri Jones, executive assistant to Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes, ... “I don’t think it’s a good mix to have people who are either alcoholics or people who are on drugs in situations where they’re around kids or the elderly – especially when it’s a fact they will steal to support their habits,” she said in an interview after the meeting. ...


Unfortunately, the RCMP say Terri’s theory is pure BS:

Cpl. Henry ProcĂ© is media relations officer with Vernon RCMP and has spent eight years policing in Vernon, five of them as a watch commander. He said he hasn’t seen any evidence that homeless shelters present a danger. “From the police point of view, I don’t see this as a cause of increased crime. In fact, it may have the opposite effect, with a place where they’re warm and dry and not so desperate – not sleeping in bank foyers.” ...


But that’s not the worst of it. Now the latest broadside to hit Mr. Mayes: accusations of racism. Remember, he’s also chair of the Parliamentary Aboriginal Affairs committee:

Mayes (Okanagan-Shuswap) replied “good joke” in an Oct. 21, 2006 e-mail responding to a joke about an aboriginal man with a shotgun, speaking in broken English, who enters a coffee shop and has an exchange with an employee who calls him “chief” and “Tonto.”


The local TV station has a news report with video online that sums up the recent doings well and gets a weak, feeble defence from Mayes.

In a statement, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville called for Mayes to step-down as committee chair and apologize for his praise of the offensive joke:

“It is unfortunate that Mr. Mayes would support and find funny something that is so insulting to First Nations. His attitude indicates that he is not qualified to chair the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. He should resign immediately as chair and apologize to First Nations people. As Chair his responsibility is to ensure that Aboriginals from coast to coast to coast get a fair, unbiased hearing at committee.”


If the name Colin Mayes sounds familiar, it should. He’s the genius that was forced to apologize for suggesting journalists critical of El Presidente Steve and the CPC should be thrown in jail.


You may also recall Mayes replaced Maurice Vellacott as the committee chair after Vellacott was forced to resign for complaining about the “Godlike powers” of Supreme Court Justices.

Gee, with such a tough act to follow, and all the talent in the CPC caucus, I can’t wait to see what winner Steve finds to take Colin’s place.

P.S.
Here's another ironic note. Up until the last election, Colin's riding was held by good ol' Darell Stinson. You'll probably remember him from this famed line, where he challenged my current MP, Liberal John Cannis, to a fight on the floor of the HoC, nearly ten years ago:

"I hear the word 'racist' from that side. Do you have the fortitude or the gonads to stand up and come across here and say that to me, you son of a bitch? Come on."

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I hear the word 'racist' from that side. Do you have the fortitude or the gonads to stand up and come across here and say that to me, you son of a bitch? Come on

We don't need that crap in the Hoc.
Reminiscent more recently of Reg Alcock challenging a Conservative to step outside during question period.

Anonymous said...

Check our "Paul Wells" blog today - about Mayes website....not very busy man it seems!

Jan_ from_ BruceCounty said...

I'm confused. They let Klein with a major drinking problem near children and the elderly. In fact, we know what he did at a homeless shelter. Maybe people with drinking problems shouldn't be in positions of power because they act abusive. That said, Colin Mayes is just an old white guy who - by the looks of his website schedule - has been put under wraps. Harper needs to do something about his email - maybe monitor all con mp emails to ensure that their bigotry and sexism doesn't like out.

Anonymous said...

Check your facts. The Liberal press release is wrong in the first place, but they attributed the stuff about Stonechild to Maurice Vellacott, not Colin Mayes.

Secondly, Mr. Vellacott has never taken any action regarding the Stonechild case as claimed in the Liberal press release, so they have been advised to address this error to avoid further action. You should take this under advisement.

audacious said...

may i ask anyone who would like to trade our local mp for another one? lol

A BCer in Toronto said...

Check your facts. The Liberal press release is wrong in the first place, but

You're right, that was my mistake. Thanks for pointing it out. Deleted, with apologies.

McLea said...

Then there’s Colin’s executive assistant fighting against homeless shelters

Oh geez, she wasn't "fighting" against homeless shelters. She was simply voicing her concerns, which in my opinion, seem very resonable. I mean, isn't that her job? To weigh the pros and cons of public policy to ensure that the right decisions are made? Or maybe you think the issue of building homeless shelters is so cut and dry that no opposing views should be tolerated.

Unfortunately, the RCMP say Terri’s theory is pure BS:

Pure BS eh? Have you ever lived in the Downtown Eastside? Are you willing to argue that homeless people with substance abuse aren't more likely, on average, to engage in petty crime? Her "theory" may be slightly off base, but it sure as hell isn't pure BS.

Anonymous said...

Stuff like this sure makes it hard to be Christian.

Scott Tribe said...

Mclea:

You willing to argue with the police and their stats?

The Toronto Beaches community was afraid of the same thing happenning to them when some ofthem put up a stink over a church hosting the homeless for 1 nught a week.. but again, mostly myth and misconception, as the police themselves pointed out.

McLea said...
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McLea said...

You willing to argue with the police and their stats?

What stats are you talking about? The media relations officer didn't offer any stats.

Although he is surely qualified to comment on the issue, I don't think his opinion should be the end of the discussion, nor do I believe that it proves that "Terri's theory is pure BS".

Ti-Guy said...

You should take this under advisement.

...oh, spare me, please.

What is it with Harper unleashing the wrath of the Christian God on the First Nations? The last thing they need is more Christianity.

What stats are you talking about? The media relations officer didn't offer any stats.

And neither have you. So, what's your point, exactly?

McLea said...

And neither have you. So, what's your point, exactly?

Is it too much to ask you to read the paragraph directly below the paragraph you quoted? Or even my previous comment?

JimBobby said...

Whooee! I don't know diddly 'bout this here MayesFeller. I seen the emails an' I seen his response "good joke." I'm probbly swimmin' against the pergressive tide but I'm thinkin' this dust-up is a little too polytickle correct.

The joke was a joke an' it wasn't even Mayes who made up the joke. I'm wond'rin' if very many First Nations fellers or gals'd even find it very offensive. I know a few Six Nations folks. The ones I know gotta sense o' humour.

If anybuddy's a CBC listener, mebbe you remember Tom King's program where they poke sum fun at First Nations' names by spinnin' a wheel t' choose an "Indian name for non-Indians." Yup. They're First Nations folks who call themselves "Indians." They come up with goofy names like Lukewarm RunningWater.

I reckon there's more'n one or two Reform/Alliance/CPoC members who got out-dated attitudes an' I'd like t' expose filthy racist sumbitches as much as the next feller. But when yer callin' fer sumbuddy's head over sumpin' like this, it makes it hard fer folks t' take it seriously when real evidence o' racism is found.

This is PCness gone overboard an' wolf-cryin' that'll hurt the ones cryin' more'n the ones they're pointin' at. It's the sorta thing that makes people scoff at the boogeysphere.

JimBobby