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PETERS – Misogyny alive and well in Canadian politics

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. (Image: cmckenna.liberal.ca)

IF YOU’RE A woman and you want to get involved in politics or leadership, God forbid anyone ever find you attractive.

It’s good to be attractive, I suppose, but men in leadership will never let you forget that your body is all they see.

Any argument you make will be met with a skepticism coloured by objectification.

At least two more examples came this week, and we can add them to the pile.

First on twitter dot com, that bastion of civility and respect, a foot-in-mouth moment from former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

The Conservative MP referred to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna as Canada’s “climate Barbie.”

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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