the regina mom is pleased to see that at least the NDP are taking the misogynistic and ageist personal attack by Senator Dagenais against MP Charmaine Borg seriously. In the House of Commons on Monday, MP Charlie Angus asked if the PMO was involved. Not surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary, MP Paul Calandra, gave a non-response. [Beginning at 1:00]
MP Charmaine Borg, who is regarded as a good and hard-working MP, has lodged a formal complaint with the Speaker of the House.
In the letter, which was copied to all MPs, senators and their staff, Dagenais characterized Borg as a whiny, ignorant, useless Quebec MP who was elected by fluke and stands little chance of being re-elected.
Dagenais’ letter was sent in response to a flyer Borg sent out in her riding advocating the NDP’s long-held belief that the Senate should be abolished.
Borg says she was particularly insulted by Dagenais’ suggestion that she should get some books from the parliamentary library to inform herself about the Senate before criticizing the institution.
Borg, who is just 23 years old, says that’s the kind of “old-school mentality” that discourages young women from entering politics.
“The overall tone of this letter suggests that I am simply a little girl who does not take her work seriously,” Borg told the Commons on Monday.
“I think if I was an old, white man, he would not have attacked me,” Ms. Borg, 23, told reporters. “We’re not doing any favours to young women who want to run in the future by having this type of behaviour in Parliament.”
Ms. Borg said the letter was “condescending,” pointing out that she took political science classes at McGill University and is well-versed in constitutional matters.
“If his letter contained real facts, had a real debate about ideas, then I wouldn’t be here having a question of privilege in the House,” Ms. Borg said.
She added it’s “very ironic” that the attack originates from an unelected senator.
“He was a failed candidate, and then a year later, was named by the Prime Minister as a senator,” Ms. Borg said. “I don’t think he has any place to challenge my legitimacy.”
And, Ms Borg appeared on CBC’s Power and Politics.
trm was very happy to see that; it takes a lot of courage to stand up to a bully! trm particularly loves that Ms Borg challenged Dagenais to step down from his Senate seat to run against her in 2015! Oh, that young woman has spunk! trm looks forward to more from Ms Borg!