This morning on CKNW's Bill Good show, well known political columnist, Norman Spector, made the following comment about Liberal MP, Belinda Stronach: "I think she's a bitch. It's as simple as that. And I think that 90 percent of men would probably say she's a bitch for the way she's broken up Tie Domi's home and the way she dumped Peter MacKay. She is a bitch."
He was attacked by several female callers, one of whom demanded that he be removed from the airwaves or she'd never listen to 'NW again. But Spector stood his ground and added this: "Why is it unacceptable? That's what I think about her. I think it was much worse - a few years ago - when one of the Liberal members referred to (former Edmonton North MP) Deb Grey as a slab of meat quite frankly. I think that was totally unacceptable. But bitch is a word that I would use to describe someone like Belinda Stronach. It is a word that I use regularly."
Later I looked up the term and found these definitions of the word "bitch":
- a malicious, unpleasant, selfish person, esp. a woman
- a lewd woman
- A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing
Spector's comments have lit up the Canadian blogosphere:
In terms of being able to "get away" with speaking your mind, the worst credentials to have in Canada are:
- Conservative political leanings
- A racial minority
- Female or Transsexual
- An atheist or non-Christian
- Liberal or NDP political leanings