Here’s your chance to engage in the noble task of cleansing Canadian politics of incompetent, offensive and bigoted politicians. The likes of Conservative MP Rob Anders.
Hundreds of Canadians have signed a petition by Calgary native Harris Kirshenbaum calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the government of Canada to kick the controversial Calgary West MP out of office. And they want him retired “without pension benefits.”
“Anders continues to embarrass his constituents, his city, his province and his country with his ill-considered, retrograde, idiotic remarks,” says Kirshenbaum’s intro the petition.
The petition reads:
Recall MP Rob Anders and terminate him without pension benefits.
Anders continues to embarrass his constituents, his city, his province and his country with his ill-considered, retrograde, idiotic remarks. The list of individuals he has offended is long. His incompetence, bigotry and offensiveness must come to an end, without benefit of publicly funded pension.
But what exactly did Anders do to earn our wrath? The former Reform Party MP is probably the most offensive politician in Canada today. A few highlights:
- He just announced he wants to nuke stop Bill C279, which he called a He says the bill’s goal is to give transgender men access to women’s washrooms, which he trivialized and dismissed as “bathroom bill.” The private member’s bill seeks to expand the rights of Canada’s transgender community by amending the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crime section of the Criminal Code to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as grounds for discrimination.
- He fell asleep in Parliament during Question Period, and during an important presentation by the Veterans Emergency Transition Services before the Veterans Affairs Committee, of which he was part. The presentation discussed efforts to help homeless former soldiers.
- Early this year, Anders insulted two Nova Scotia-based Afghanistan war veterans Jim Lowther and David MacLeod by calling them “NDP hacks” and supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin after they had criticized him for falling asleep during the Veterans Affairs Committee presentation mentioned above.
- Back in 2010, Anders signed a card supporting Canadian troops with: “When in doubt, pull the trigger.”. I don’t need to elaborate.
- In 2001, Anders prevented the House of Commons from making Nelson Mandela an honorary Canadian citizen, and called the South African anti-apartheid icon a “terrorist.”
Go here to view, sign and share the petition.
Photo: Parliament of Canada