The amount of Peter MacKay-related facepalms this week just keeps growing.
For anyone who hasn’t been following, the Canadian Conservative Justice Minister first blamed the lack of women judges on the fact that they just aren’t applying for jobs because they fear being sent to work on a circuit court, which would apparently be unappealing for women with children at home.
Despite objections from prominent lawyers and provincial Justice Ministers, MacKay then defended his remarks by doubling down, saying, “At early childhood, there’s no question I think that women have a greater bond with their children.”
Then he got some flak for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day emails sent to his Ministry’s staff. The email he signed to moms praised them as “caregivers around the clock”:
“By the time many of you have arrived at the office in the morning, you’ve already changed diapers, packed lunches, run after school buses, dropped kids off at daycare, taken care of an aging loved one and maybe even thought about dinner.”
Meanwhile, the email to dads says their job is “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”
“Needless to say, it can also be daunting to consider the immense and life-long influence we have over our children. Our words, actions and examples greatly mould who they will become.”
Subtext: Thank goodness mom is packing lunches and thinking about dinner and bathing grandpa so you can do all that important and manly young-mind-influencing.
Today he said he never said any of the stuff he said about women judges. And those Mother’s Day and Father’s Day emails? Blame his women staffers!
Remember this is the same guy who had to apologize for telling another MP to “stick to her knitting”, may have referred to another as a “dog” in the House of Commons, and has been known to just be generally rude and condescending to women in the House.
Who knows what he might say next? Peter MacKay Sexism Bingo will help us keep track.