Homophobic rant in Canadian Senate

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    Feb 06, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    As a Conservative senator, the topic wasn't unexpected, but Duffy's innuendo-filled description of the alliance [betw. PEI and NFL] raised a number of eyebrows.

    "“Do honourable senators know what happens when two politicians climb into bed together? One of them comes out on top and I am afraid that when one is in bed with Danny Williams he will come out on top and I would hate to see where that will leave P.E.I. in the end.’’ During the Conservatives annual meeting, Duffy used stronger language suggesting that when “two men’’ get in bed, “one is going to get the shaft.’’
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    http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=218957&sc=98

    pretty disgusting....and really surprising in the Canadian Senate (who knew they had a Senate?). I thought Canandians were supposed to be nice to gays.
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    Feb 06, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    Still a few idiots floating around.
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    Feb 06, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    Sean_85 saidStill a few idiots floating around.


    Yes, meese forbid someone dare espouse something different that what I think! HOw fing dare they! What's this world coming to?!

    But, that isn't what this is aboot, now is it?
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    Feb 06, 2009 6:59 AM GMT
    Buckwheet said
    Sean_85 saidStill a few idiots floating around.


    Yes, meese forbid someone dare espouse something different that what I think! HOw fing dare they! What's this world coming to?!

    But, that isn't what this is aboot, now is it?


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    Feb 06, 2009 3:25 PM GMT


    "pretty disgusting....and really surprising in the Canadian Senate (who knew they had a Senate?). I thought Canandians were supposed to be nice to gays."

    We had a senate? Where did it go? Of course Canadians are supposed to be nice to gays. So are Americans and just about anyone else. People are supposed to be nice to each other on RJ, too.
    Mind you, you did say Canandians and I'll never been to Canandia.


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    Feb 06, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    I don't know where the stereotype about Canadians being nice came about. I think Canadians are more POLITE than most. But in their minds they are thinking all sorts of nasty things.

    As for Mike Duffy, former TV journalist, he got his baptism of fire when it comes to what happens when a public figure talks inappropriately.

    Fortunately for him most Canadians don't care about the Senate or Senators. I personally think it should be abolished, but I also think I deserve to win the Lottery tomorrow night!
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    Feb 06, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidI don't know where the stereotype about Canadians being nice came about. I think Canadians are more POLITE than most. But in their minds they are thinking all sorts of nasty things.

    As for Mike Duffy, former TV journalist, he got his baptism of fire when it comes to what happens when a public figure talks inappropriately.

    Fortunately for him most Canadians don't care about the Senate or Senators. I personally think it should be abolished, but I also think I deserve to win the Lottery tomorrow night!

    What does your Senate do?
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    Feb 06, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    Formally passes legislation that is approved by the House of Commons. Occasionally they will hold it up for changes, but senators are not elected, they are appointed. Sort of like Canada's equivalent to the British House of Lords.

    I personally think they should be elected and given some real work to do, or abolished and the money that is saved used for something more worthwhile like education or health care.

    But what do I know, I am sure they are all fine upstanding citizens that are very productive when they fall asleep in the Senate Chamber. icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 06, 2009 4:38 PM GMT



    Supposedly for a 'sober second thought' to stem the antics of extreme democracy.
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    Feb 06, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Supposedly for a 'sober second thought' ...

    hmmmm.....like the "sober thought" expressed above? ... icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 06, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidFormally passes legislation that is approved by the House of Commons.

    Sounds odd to have a House of Commons when there isnt any nobility. ''''hmmmmm.....House of Commons and House of More Commons
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    Feb 06, 2009 4:57 PM GMT


    "hmmmm.....like the "sober thought" expressed above? ... "


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    Feb 06, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    "hmmmm.....like the "sober thought" expressed above? ... "


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    the originial post .... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 06, 2009 5:06 PM GMT


    explain.
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    Feb 06, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    explain.

    You said the Senate was "Supposedly for a 'sober second thought' to stem the antics of extreme democracy."

    and I was inquisitively pointing out Senator Duffy's remarks as an example of the supposedly 'sober second thought' that is to come from the Senate.
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    Feb 07, 2009 1:41 AM GMT



    Hah, too true! Methinks senator Duffy may have had a few too many.




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    Feb 07, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    Every country has its share of idiots and bigots that enjoy showing their hostility in public. Just because countries like Australia, Canada, France, Spain, Sweden and others are more accepting and tolerant of gays and other minority groups does not mean that all the bigotry and hostility has been eliminated. Unfortunately the total opposite is the truth. This is an imperfect world we all live in.
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    Feb 09, 2009 5:48 AM GMT


    That's too true, roadbikeRob, and boy do we know from personal experience!
    Still, we have relatively firm laws that thankfully for us, curtailed what could have gotten pretty bad..
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    Feb 09, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    News from the Canadian Senate? Who disturbed those old geezers from their slumber or Mexican haciendas? There are 105 of them and they all earn 130K per year to do NOTHING! It is disgusting that we spend $13 million/year in tax dollars and get nothing from it.
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    Feb 09, 2009 5:58 AM GMT
    Buckwheet said
    Sean_85 saidStill a few idiots floating around.


    Yes, meese forbid someone dare espouse something different that what I think! HOw fing dare they! What's this world coming to?!

    But, that isn't what this is aboot, now is it?


    Are you referring to Ed Meese?
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    Feb 09, 2009 6:34 AM GMT
    and what would they think, of some of the things said here?

    Some-people can't cope with the fact, Canada is more progressive than their own country.
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    Feb 09, 2009 7:08 AM GMT
    FYI: Senators are unelected by the people, and are instead appointed for set periods of time, often representing big business interests. they do not even have the false image of pretending to represent the Canadian people.
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    Feb 10, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    I don't really see this comment as being a big deal. I honestly find it sort of humorous.
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    Feb 10, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    catIII saidI don't really see this comment as being a big deal. I honestly find it sort of humorous.

    Well, apparently some on your parliament didnt care for the remarks...

    "The remarks follow a week of recriminations from MPs and senators, some of whom called his comments in the Senate “offensive” and “sexist.”
    Senator Claudette Tardif, the deputy leader of the opposition in the chamber, said the comments were not only distasteful, but also out of order and she called for him to apologize.

    Duffy withdrew the metaphor, but issued no apology. Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not chastise Duffy, but said: “I thought his language was perhaps inappropriate, and I gather he withdrew some of the language.”
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