Are the Media Fair to Belinda Stronach?

In its cover story this week on Belinda Stronach, Maclean’s writes:  “From rising star to Ottawa Jezebel , Belinda Stronach has slid while former boyfriend Peter MacKay has soared.”

         As of now Belinda has gone through two marriages, broken up with her boyfriend and now is alleged to have destroyed the marriage of her new consort, the pugilistic Ti Domi of Maple Leaf hockey fame.  She is, of course, a public figure especially since she double crossed her old flame, Peter MacKay and jumped from the Conservsatives to the Liberals with a senior cabinet post thrown in for good measure.   Are the media piling on or does she deserve everything she’s getting?

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    jim Says:

    The Globe and Mail reported on an observation subtly reinforced by Amy Nugent a doctoral candidate in Canadian politics who studies women in public life: “It is part of a Canadian woman’s generic disposition to be sexually attracted to good skaters and hockey players. Nothing sets my ovaries humming like a spray of ice from a hockey stop. I was never a puck bunny, but I got it.”

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    Well said. Belinda’s ovaries appear to hum regularly whether it’s a hockey player, a politician or a male Magna executive. Presumably had she stayed in the race for Liberal leader she’s be attracting the jock vote.

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    Barbara Says:

    Are you both implying that women with “humming ovaries” are incapable of exercising restraint and prudent judgement. Granted that it might be challenging at times for the best of us, someone in the public eye ought to be more circumspect in his/her choices — be it hockey players or congressional pages. Ms Stronach shows lack of judgement, seems frivolous and appears to have little concern for the consequences of her actions. She strikes me as a spoiled little rich girl.
    And some of us prefer soccer players.

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    Barbra reminds me of a radio program we did many years ago when the discussion was about pms and menstrual periods. A number of collars suggested that women should not have senior executive positions (or be air line pilots) because at least once a month they would go round the bend and cause a catastrophe.

    Of course it waas rubbish then and it’s rubbish now. I agree that Belinda is a spoiled little rich girl. I prefer golfers myself – female that is.

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    SUZANNE Says:

    Well, let’s look at past scandals– Bill Clinton, Gary Condit, Gary Hart (I can’t think of any Canadian ones, honestly– except perhaps Francis Fox, but that was when I was in diapers).

    I’d say they’re being even-handed.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    I have on advantage, Suzanne. I expect I am a lot older than you are.
    One of our biggest scandlas occurred in the sixties when John Deifenbaker was in power.

    His defense minister, Pierre Sevigny from Montreal, was accused of sleeping with a German woman named Gerta Munsinger. Sevigny was forced to resign.

    As for Clinton, I could really never figure out why that was a scandal, much less an impeachable offense. (After all George Bush lied us into a war and he hasn’t been impeached.) I don’t condone Clinton and Lewinsky but after all it was two consenting adults.

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    SUZANNE Says:

    As for Clinton, I could really never figure out why that was a scandal, much less an impeachable offense.

    He lied under oath. That is an impeachable offense, if you ask me. At any rate, it didn’t mean he was kicked out of office.

    (After all George Bush lied us into a war and he hasn’t been impeached.)

    Making a bad political decision is not grounds for impeachment. That comes at election time.

    I don’t condone Clinton and Lewinsky but after all it was two consenting adults.

    Which he lied about under oath.

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    Barbara Says:

    Suzanne is correct. The issue with Clinton was lying under oath. You are impeached for illegality — like Nixon and his sanctioning the raiding of the Democratic headquarters etc. Bad judgement is not an impeachable offense. They would have to find some illegality in what Bush has done. That is not so easy to prove. Hence my comment elsewhere that impeachment is a long and difficult process. Not everyone who is tried for imopeachment is ultimately removed from office (like Clinton). In the meantime, you have a hung-up government and a further polarized polity (if that is possible).
    Let’s see what the upcoming elections have to say about the Bush administration. In impeachment, one person loses a job, when lots of congressional representatives and senators are turfed out, that affects a broader segment of the political elite.


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