Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gaydar jokes stopped being funny when "Will & Grace" went off the air.

One of the things I love most about Canadian politics is that it's not personal. Political allegiance in Canada is fleeting and amorphous and average people do an excellent job of remaining civil when discussing politics. Also, the personal lives of Canadian politicians are respected and ignored. In the nineties it was common knowledge that the adult child of a high-profile Canadian politician was frequently in trouble with the law. Other politicians and the media did not use this to discredit the politician. Can you imagine the same thing happening in the US? No, me neither.

I am a liberal and have no great affection for current Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, or his wife Laureen. Because I mentioned Mrs Harper in several insolent posts, people now visit my blog seeking gossip about an online rumour that Mrs Harper is/was having an affair or relationship with a female RCMP officer.

Let me be 100% clear on four points:
1. I do not have any information about the Harper marriage, nor do I wish to get involved in the spreading of this gossip.
2. Coming out of the closet isn't a spectator sport. If you aren't sleeping with Person X, then you have no right to know the sexual orientation of Person X, even if that person is married to a politician you dislike.
3. Speculating on a person's sexual orientation -- regardless of her place or your place on the political spectrum -- perpetuates the social stigma associated with homosexuality.
4. You might be surprised that Harper -- who once upon a time pissed me off with his talk of restoring the traditional definition of marriage -- now advocates internationally for gay rights. Shhh...don't tell anyone in rural Alberta, they're gonna be pissed.


  1. I'm going to take a deep breath and face the Wrath of Mom, but I actually like Harper. I don't agree with everything that he has done, but I think that he is doing a decent job as PM.

    Also, I agree. I like that I don't know anything about politician's personal lives. I like it that way. Remember way back in the days when Clinton was president? I always thought how awful it would be to be Chelsea Clinton, with the whole freaking world knowing gross details about her father's semen, penchant for cigars, etc. I don't want to visualize, thanks.

  2. @Nicole -- Harper is not nearly as awful as I feared he would be when first elected. How's that for a qualified compliment? I think Harper has shifted Canada further to the right than we've ever been, and I'm uncomfortable with that. However, at present I'm more concerned with the state of our economy which is much more robust than the US -- and this is to Harper's credit. Still, I'm hoping that the NDP & Liberals regroup, & find qualified leadership within the next three and half years.

    Bill Clinton RUINED The Gap for me. FOREVER.

  3. I would just like to apologize on behalf of my country for the horrible and ever-worsening trend we've been having regarding politics. Because our present political atmosphere BLOWS.

    Really, I'm sorry...

  4. @Marty -- Well, Canada gave the world Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, basketball, Nickelback, Jim Carrey, and Pictionary so we are not completely blameless.

  5. I read the article you linked to. Good lord, you mean I have to change my opinion on Kenney AND Baird all in one day? Blergh.
    That being said, I think we need to follow the advice of one of my LEAST favorite politicians ever (I do live in rural Alberta after all) and stay out of the nations bedrooms. Including Steve's.

  6. @happygeek -- I agree about staying out of the bedrooms of the nation. But I just can't bring myself to say anything nice about Kenney or Baird. Or (for the record) Stockwell.

  7. Totally agree. Also, I had the impulse to ask how Bill Clinton ruined The Gap for you, but I thought for a minute and concluded that I probably don't want to know. Also, on the off chance that you care, you have written 'closest' instead of 'closet' which does not matter in the least and is still perfectly understandable; however, I did appreciate when a reader once pointed out that I had typed 'hair' instead of 'hare', which wasn't that perfectly understandable any more because it was referring to a meal, so I am tipping you off just in case. Also, Stephen Harper still has creepy dead eyes. I wish he did not.

  8. @Bibliomama -- thanks, I'll fix my spelling mistake. As for the Gap, it's all about how Monica decided to save money on dry-cleaning after she and Bill...erm...had some alone time.

  9. I agree with your list...I have never come to your blog looking for such gossip. Then again, I don't really know anything about politics in Canada.

    I'm a bit ashamed to say it, but I've gotten a bit apathetic about American politics. The climate here is so toxic right now, it's just so broken, I can't think of a thing that will get it fixed. I thought President Obama would save us, and I believe he's tried. It's just so very broken.

  10. @Melanie D -- I just read “Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women,” by Rebecca Traister about the 2008 election. It was really good and had some great insight into the role of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in that election. I thought that I was attuned to the themes and issues of the election, but there was so much more going on that I was oblivious to. But you might enjoy it -- or it might be the thing that drives you right over the edge.