‘It takes guts’


 

Conservative Senator, and lesbian, Nancy Ruth stands by Diane Ablonczy.

Senator Nancy Ruth says the MP who publicly criticized Ablonczy is one of only a handful who grumbled about the $400,000 tourism grant at a June caucus meeting.

“I give Ablonczy 100 per cent credit for choosing not politically to discriminate against something Pride Toronto had a legitimate reason to apply for and met all the criteria,” Ruth said in an interview. “It takes guts not to discriminate when you know there is a faction within your party who isn’t going to like it. That takes guts and courage and I admire that.”

… When she mentioned Toronto Pride among the other names, Ruth says, a few MPs made audible sounds of disapproval. But the issue was never discussed, and their indignation was not acknowledged at the time by Harper.

Of course, by the Turner Precedent, Ruth should probably now be kicked out of the party for breaking caucus confidentiality.


 

‘It takes guts’

  1. WOW! I had no idea we had a cool senator outside of the Duffman, Broadfoot and Pam that is – way to go! Yes indeed it takes guts to lead a party where the members can often disagree and yet still come together when it counts – unlike a certain other party leader who copped out and did not whip the MP's wihen he should have and to which will pay dearly for that mistake – no doubt! – Keep up the good work Nancy …

    • That isn't what the senator said.

  2. I think we might be overlooking the obvious. Is it not possible that Trost is an idiot and decide to pop off unprompted and uncoached?

    • absolutely.

      All the more reason to wonder why he hasn't been spanked yet.

    • I find it hard to believe a MP so quiet on everything else didn't have the necessary permission required of Conservative backbench MPs in order to speak to media.

  3. if it takes guts to treat gay themed events equally while a member of a certain political party, that party shouldn't be in charge of Canada.

  4. Regardless of whether Ablonczy made the right decision, how can it take 'guts' to oppose "fringe elements" in favour of the "mainstream"? Particularly when the "mainstream" has the support of the media?

    • Fringe minority in Canada, but a strong element within the party.

      Duh.

      • Ah of course. A strong element in the ruling party, but just a bunch of whack-jobs among the general public.
        How gutsy to publicly oppose them. She will be excoriated by…a few backbenchers?

      • Ah of course. A strong element in the elected ruling party, yet just a bunch of whack-jobs among the general public. Amazing how that works.

        How gutsy to publicly oppose them. She will be excoriated by…a few backbenchers?

      • Ah of course. A strong element in the elected ruling party, yet just a tiny bunch of whack-jobs among the general public. Amazing how that works.

        How gutsy to publicly oppose them. She will be excoriated by…a few backbenchers?

        • Was she demoted by backbenchers?

          • Apparently she wasn't demoted at all. But it took guts for her not to be demoted for standing up against the fringe like that.

          • Everything is always "Good News for the Right!"

  5. Regardless of whether Ablonczy made the right decision, how can it take "guts" to oppose "fringe elements" in favour of the "mainstream"? Particularly when the "mainstream" has the support of the media?

    You can't have it both ways: either the social conservatives are a fringe minority, or it takes guts to oppose them. Not both.

  6. Is there no comment yet from John Baird on all this?

  7. Or that MP, or the other MP, or that MP from Ontario in particular?

  8. Good for Senator Ruth. When it comes to guts, nobody tops her.