MacLean's capital diarist Mitchel Raphael has the latest on everyone's favourite formerly progressive Conservative, Peter McKay.
You may remember Peter as the guy who told former NDP leader Alexa McDonough to stick to her knitting, called ex-girlfriend Belinda Stronach a dog and then lied about it despite the audio evidence, and mocked NDP MP Dawn Black in another question period exchange last spring.
It seems Peter was at it again last week, turning his patented McKay charm on Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, advising her to just “calm herself” and “be a little more helpful.” Man, Peter does have a way with the ladies, doesn't he?
Mitchel helpfully supplies the Hansard:
Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, Lib): "Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government seems to have it in for the UN. It has ignored the UN treaty on cluster bombs, the UN climate change treaty, the UN convention on the rights of disabled people and now this convention for disabled persons.And from the Dawn Black exchange back in May:
"When will the Prime Minister stop taking dictation from the White House? Canadians want an independent foreign policy.
"Would the minister tell us why he is embarrassing Canadians by refusing to sign this convention without hiding behind consultation. That happens before ratification."
Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC): "Mr. Speaker, I do not know quite what to say to that. As I mentioned, we are of course working toward the ratification of the UN convention on the rights of the disabled. We have been very involved in the process from the very beginning.
"We are very active at the United Nations in all of the discussions. If the hon. member would just calm herself somewhat and be a little more helpful she would realize that this is something that will happen. We have not reached the date yet."
Ms. Dawn Black: "Mr. Speaker, Canadians deserve to know the answers to these important questions, most of which were asked by the government itself while in opposition.What a catch. And he's still single ladies! Condi, you'd better tie him down while you still can... Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers
"Will the minister concede that in fact the government has no clue as to how long we are going to be there, no idea how much it is going to cost and no strategy for how we are going to get out? Canadians deserve these answers. When will the government come--
The Speaker: The hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC): "Mr. Speaker, I was having difficulty hearing the member as well. Maybe she could raise her voice in her next question."
"What we know, obviously, is that Canada, as I said, is part of a very important effort to try to eradicate."