Speaker rejects NDP MP’s complaint about Tory senator’s ‘misogynistic’ attack


OTTAWA – The Speaker of the House of Commons has rejected a New Democrat MP’s complaint about what she termed a “misogynistic” personal attack launched against her by a Conservative senator.

Charmaine Borg had asked Speaker Andrew Scheer to rule that her ability to do her job was impaired by a vitriolic letter sent to her last month by Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais.

While he acknowledges such attacks have the potential to be hurtful and damaging, Scheer says there are no grounds to suggest Dagenais’ missive prevented Borg from performing her parliamentary duties.

He points out that she has the same recourse as any other citizen to sue for defamation if she feels her reputation has been damaged.

In his 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.

Borg, who is just 23, called the letter misogynistic and said she doubted Dagenais would have sent it had she been, in her words, “an old white man.”

She complained that the letter implies she’s “simply a little girl who does not take her work seriously.”

Dagenais sent the letter in response to a flyer Borg sent out in her riding advocating abolition of the Senate.

At the time, he said the letter was part of a campaign by some Conservative senators, including Speaker Noel Kinsella, to defend themselves and the institution after taking a year-long drubbing over the Senate expenses scandal.


Speaker rejects NDP MP’s complaint about Tory senator’s ‘misogynistic’ attack

  1. Ironically, her complaint makes her look like a whiny, ignorant, useless Quebec MP.

    • Ironically, all your posts make you look exactly as she does.

      • Well if my posts make me look like an NDP MP, do you think I could get elected in Quebec?

        • Let me be clear, crystal clear, you as a conservative have missed the point, no surprise there. Just to clarify, I’ve typed this very slowly so you will understand, it is the whiny, ignorant, useless part I was referring to. At least the Quebec folk had enough sense not to vote for cons.

          • Do you need someone to give you a sense of humour transplant?

          • No, not really, I get the joke, it’s the conservatives.

          • How about an ethics transplant for you and yours?

          • How about an ethics transplant for Trudeau billing charities for speeches while he was an MP, and then triple-dipping by charging taxpayers for his expenses.

            Hearing Liberals talk about ethics is like hearing the Toronto Maple Leafs talk about winning the Stanley Cup: it’s something they’ve never experienced.

    • lol great posts man, i enjoy reading them. dont listen to the unintelligent fromp below me. have you ever seen a pic of her?? its not being misogynistic saying she looks frail and weak. i think shes being ‘FEMENISTIC’ to say a man cant criticize her

    • Its what NDP do, belligerently attack others and have nothing constructive to add. Like greedy socialist union pit bull bully with BS, slander and vilifications.

      Sure not fit to lead. A disappointment too as we do need better government but NDP represent the worst of it, not the better.

      • Do you really think the NDP are even in the same league as the Cons when it comes to attacking others. I’m not an NDP supporter but it seems to me the Cons have that market cornered If you think otherwise you are indeed naive!

  2. I’d like to see the entire letter. I see now it is on o.canada.com, in the story from a couple of months ago: Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais accused of unleashing ‘personal attack’ on NDP MP Charmaine Borg.

    It doesn’t say in the other article that it was the Conservative senator who copied it to everyone.

    But what, exactly, is a 23 year old doing to get herself elected as an mp. Luckily, she was elected. If she had been given the job, and then had it taken away from her because of this incident, it would be worse.

  3. I’ve seen her in action during QP….she is whiny, useless, and ignorant.
    And has been pointed out already…..her reaction to the letter proves its veracity.

  4. What a bunch of clowns. Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais is a jerk, Borg was elected by fluke and the less we say about Andrew Scheer the better.

    • Now this is a comment I can support!

    • The senator may well be a jerk…..but he’s not a misogynist.
      that’s the point.

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