Justice Minister Peter MacKay apparently has a chronic case of foot- in-mouth disease.
MacKay’s latest gaffe was the revelation of e mails sent to his staff on Mothers Day and Fathers Day that were steeped in sexist and demeaning depictions of women.
Instead of apologizing for the content of the messages, MacKay has chosen to throw one of his staff under the bus, claiming that she was totally responsible for the e mails.
What a classless move by a key Federal Minister.
This comes on the heels of his earlier comments that the low number of women lawyers who get judicial appointments is because women lawyers are busy at home raising their kids.
Of course, the government’s spin doctors immediately released statistics of women who have been appointed to bureaucratic positions, proving that the government really does respect women , in spite of the offside comments from the Justice Minister.
One good thing that may have come out of all of this is a much needed discussion about how judicial appointments are made, and the Justice Minister has said that he’s already taken steps to make it a more fair and transparent process.
Mind you, since the most recent judicial appointment to the Quebec Court is a lawyer who just happened to contribute over $5,000 to the Federal Conservative Party, I don’t hold much hope that things well get better any time soon.