Alright.. so today we get a lesson in childish behaviour.
Carolyn Parrish, an MP for the Liberals in the House of Commons, has apparently publicly stated her dislike for President Bush and has squished the head of a poor little Bush Doll on a Canadian Satire show.
Today, Prime Minister Martin bowed to pressure and Fired Her for what she has done.
Fair enough, I say… Parrish was out of line… when you’re in a position of public power you should abide by simple rules of respect. No matter what you think of an “opponent” (and Bush isn’t even that) you should always be respectful. Keep your strongest of feelings to yourself and your family and friends.
I share Parrishs’ view of Bush… but had I been in her position I certainly would not have been so vocal in public. There are ways of voicing your displeasure in the public sphere… and childishly stomping on a dolly of George Bush, and having that footage aired days after an announced state visit, just isn’t cool.
I learned in school that when you work in groups you have to learn to work together no matter what you think of your partners. Bush is a partner in the world political group… Parrish needs to work with him whether she likes him or not.
Now onto the reaction. Dean Esmay, a popular right-wing American blogger says, Americans should Boycott Canada.
Oh please. Grow up. Just because someone said something bad about you means you’re never going to do business with anyone like them again?
It’s like when the French were opposing the Iraq war… there was a “movement” to boycott anything French including wine and “French Fries” (of course… French Fries actually originated in Belgium, but whatever).
Esmay shows the exact same amount of respect and forethought as did Parrish. The only thing saving Esmay is he’s just a private citizen, not a public official.
I think they should both be ignored as loudmouths who say things just so they get noticed.
I just heard on the news here that the straw that really broke Paul Martins back wasn’t so much the disrepect towards Bush.
Apparently Parrish also yesterday said she didn’t care if the Liberals lost the next election, and that the Prime Minister was “weak”.
Well… I don’t like Paul Martin all that much (though he’s growing on me I admit)…. but if I were him I’d probably pull a Donald Trump and say “You’re Fired” as well!