Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The class that is Alberta conservatism.

The Conservative Party of Alberta -- the gift that keeps on giving. Fresh off of Finance Minister Iris Evans telling working parents that they suck and MLA Doug Elniski being a sexist buffoon, Elniski just keeps rolling and insults gays even as he's receiving their accolades.

I'm thinking that, when one of their own is finally caught lighting homeless people on fire for fun, I'm not even going to be surprised.


Stimpson said...

Many Albertans absolutely love these fools for being so "real". When I lived in Alberta, I often heard this sort of stuff praised by the locals.

Michael Harkov said...

Well, the missus and I have pretty much done all three when raising our kids - one parent home, one parent working; both parents working; both at home with one on parental and the other at home between jobs.

Based upon my own experience, it did make it easier on us with with one of us at home. But the kids didn't really seem to notice the difference and we certainly didn't see any indication of that when one (or both) of us was working. We made the most of the time we had, and we made sure that the kids understood that any decision we made in that regard was going to be in their best interest overall.

Telling parents what is best for them to raise their own children is beyond arrogant, and that is all that is all there is to it.

liberal supporter said...

Didn't anyone else absolutely live for those times when both parents would be out of the house?

I felt sorry for kids with Mom at home. They had to walk straight home from school at lunch and after the end of the day, never learned to make their own lunch, never had to learn to plan their time on their own so they could see noon hour cartoons and still get back in time.

Plus the dinner table conversation was much more interesting. Mom and Dad could both talk about the idiots they worked with, instead of us having to listen to detailed accounts from the coffee klatch about the neighbours.

Michael Harkov said...


My mom worked in a grocey store and my dad used to work at the copper refinery at INCO. When he used to work the afternoon shift on his two week rotations, he'd be in bed when I got up for school and only home again when I was in bed. All that time in between until my mom got home from work at 600pm was mine, lol.

My wife is a teacher in the same board as my kids at a different school. But on snow days, she goes to my kids school because as we are over 30kms away from her work, she is allowed to report to the closest school when the buses aren't running. Funny that, buses don't run, but teachers still have to go. Anyway, one day when such an occasion first occured, the kids werr esctatic, "yay, no school today", only for the wife, in her best Robocop impersonation, said, "snow or not, you're coming with me". Such long faces. Imagine how much longer it got for my one son when he saw that it was his own mom running his class that day.

Times sure aren't what they were, eh LS? We could be released out to play all Saturday and not come home all day, and our parents never batted an eyelash. I doubt you could do that today. Maybe that is why peopple like Iris Evans are so freaking uptight.

mikmik said...

It's almost time to start a pool on when and/or who will be the next conservative mla to say something stupid.

Edmonton is a gambling capital so you'd think there must be bookies running odds on this stuff.
Throw in the federal PCes and I bet within 5 working daze I mean days.

Ti-Guy said...

Is there nothing more stultifying than a modern-day, stay-at-home suburban mother (and I'll refrain from bringing up a couple of Blogging Tories as illustrative examples)? They become so unaccustomed to social situations that are not kid/parent centric that it's not possible to carry on a conversation with them, unless you're prepared to hear all about the latest milestone in little Dakota's life, the travails of Big Box Shopping or the latest shock that consumes the paranoid parent charged with bringing up kids in dreary communities that are empty and scary for most of the day.

And that's if they're not tearfully relating the stories of their slightly older children, whose lives have been complicated recently with issues of drug abuse, shoplifting, scholastic under-achievement, truancy or the discovery that they've been posting naked pictures of themselves on the Internet.

My mother was a stay-at-home when the kids were young, but she at least could break it up with all the other neighbourhood women (some of them working part-time, some of them suspiciously 'spinsters') helping each other and having adult conversations while all the kids played outside and with television shows like Adrienne Clarkson's Take 30, which my mother considered a Godsend, to bring some substance of the wider world into their lives.