When is a whore not whore?
Lou Schizas: Just to get back to our previous quick quotes on Andrea Horwath. I think whore is the operative syllable there.
John Oakley: Well, well let’s not take it that far.
Schizas: What do you mean? She was bought.
Oakley: Alright, bought and paid for. Alright, it’s a pejorative.
Schizas: Alright, Sorry, I’ll take the hit.
Oakley: That’s alright.
Schizas: I’ll take the hit.
The exchange took place on the The John Oakley Show during a panel with Buzz Hargrove and Catherine Swift, who apparently did not call Schizas out on his comment after Oakley’s soft chiding.
Apparently this is now a controversy. Slow news day I guess.
I'm thinking back to all the times I've called male politicians whores. Not once have I gotten negative feedback from using that word in a political context. It's a time honoured tradition in Canadian politics to call male opponents whores. The term has been used even by a future Prime Minister of Canada.
Way back in 1984 John Turner, as part of a shabby deal with Pierre Trudeau, pushed through a series of patronage appointments, including that of Trudeau stalwart Bryce Mackasey as Ambassador to Portugal. Brian Mulroney, while privately admitting that he likely would have done the same thing, publicly quipped that: "There's no whore like an old whore." He still won a thumping majority government and fired Mackasey from his post.
Politicians calling other politicians whores is as Canadian as maple syrup and lousy weather.
Citizens calling politicians whores is, in certain circumstances, a patriotic duty.
So is Andrea Horwath a whore? Not really. While I have no problem with the pejorative it's misapplied in this context. A political whore is someone who betrays their principles. Ms Horwath hasn't betrayed her principles, she is instead skillfully manipulating the Liberal government. The goal of the NDP is to expand the scope and scale of government, both on ideological and practical grounds. The bigger government gets, the more dependent the ordinary citizen becomes on the state. This will make the ordinary Canadian more likely to vote for the party of big big government, the NDP.
So Ms Horwath is simply doing her job.
But isn't she propping up a corrupt government?
Yeap. But who voted this government in three times? It wasn't Ms Horwath, it was the voters. Don't expect higher ethical standards from political leaders than those exhibited by the electorate. If Ontarians are willing to tolerate such behaviour, they have only themselves to blame. The leader of the NDP is just playing the game by the rules that are laid out.