Thursday, June 18, 2009

Leave it to Beaver – Alberta style.

Dear Iris Evans:

I’m not entirely sure you have the first clue about what it takes to "raise children properly". Perhaps you should consider thinking before opening your mouth and spewing forth with your oh-so-precious misogynistic musings, hmmmm?

Yours in endless contempt,

P.S. Have you met SUZANNE and Hunter? You girls have soooooooooo much in common when it comes to women who have the unmitigated gall to think we’re no longer living in the Fifties.


Ahhhh, the classic non-apology apology -- they're so adorably passive-aggressive, wouldn't you agree?

The comments were "certainly targetted at financial literacy and not at people who had to work out of the home and be away from the children. It wasn't and if they inadvertently, or if the way it's been reported, offends somebody, I do apologize," Iris Evans told CBC News Thursday evening after her remarks were reported by The Canadian Press.

"But it was never with the intent to slam parenting as people do when they have children in alternative care or daycare. It was an intent to point out the importance of the early years in teaching skills to children whether its behavioural issues or financial literacy."


Anonymous said...

You left out the "bestest"part:
In her speech, Evans also suggested a link between a lack of education and mental illness or criminal behaviour.
"The huge failure of Canadians is not to educate the children properly and then why should we be surprised when they have mental illnesses or commit dreadful crimes?" she said.

Lets not forget that this is the brainiac that's said:
"Alberta's economy continues to do well despite a general slowdown in global economic activity,"

But lets get back to Ms. Evans.
I find it telling that she was the Minister of Children's Services -

and now she is Minister of Finance and Enterprise .....

What's her educational background? She's a nurse...

What do you expect from these wingnuts? Arrogance yes, common sense... no

What is it with these barely fighters of personal rights always judging and telling others how to raise their children?

What a regressive out of touch cunt.

Anonymous said...

A little digging reveals:

Four decades ago, Iris Evans was juggling work as a registered nurse with teaching piano and raising three young sons. On the side, she put in 20 to 30 hours a week entering sweepstakes contests, as many as 35 at a time.

A long-time cabinet minister whose portfolios have hitherto been on the soft side of government—municipal affairs, children’s services, health—she has little financial experience. “At first it was quite daunting to think, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re going to be in finance,’ ” says Evans. “Then you realize, ‘This is just like managing your chequebook.’ ” So in a time of crippling recession, Alberta has a former nurse, piano teacher and “contestor” (as avid sweepstakes contestants are known) steering its financial affairs.

In the 1970s, Evans pursued her side career entering contests—mail-ins, draw boxes, phone-ins—with no less zeal at a time when she and her then-husband, a warehouse manager, struggled to make ends meet. “I remember one week just eating baked potatoes,” says Evans, now divorced. “Entering contests, for at least two years, was a very profitable venture for me.”

In an effort to attract the attention of contest organizers, she used commemorative stamps, fancy stationery and had her boys, who preferred street hockey, decorate with collages, sparkles and crayon the envelopes dispatched to draw-box contests. “I wasn’t immune to the use of perfume,” she admits. It was an all-consuming passion. “You wondered when she slept,” says her youngest, Darren, 40. “When I was seven we would go around and collect chocolate bar wrappers, whether it be on the road or in a garbage can near a convenience store, to cut out the UPC codes,” he says.

Her escapades on the fringes of weird—sending her sons to root through garbage cans—speak to Evans as a political survivor.

So the econony is just like balancing your checkbook.... So how did Alberta do...

Ti-Guy said...

She's sounds loony.

Unknown said...

Wow, Cherniak, that pretty much says everything you have to know about Iris Evans knowledge of parenthood. I can't even imagine sending your own children out to root through garbage.

liberal supporter said...

Is Iris Dick's wife or sister?

Niles said...

I didn't vote for them...and I voted. Some day this will mean something. In the meantime I just keep reminding people you voted for them and wondering what happens to immigrants who move here, because in this big population boom, I really thought I'd see voting patterns change to something less complacent despotism. Dopey me.

Still, it's a lovely morning over the mountains

liberal supporter said...

If one stay at home parent is better than none, then two stay at home parents should be even better.

Why is she against both parents staying home to raise the kids?