At a roast in his honour Premier Ralph Klein made a remark about Belinda Stronach:  “I don’t think she ever had a Conservative bone in her body.  Well except for one … Now speaking of Peter Mackay.,,”

Despite angry demands that he apologize, Klein says he has no intention of doing so.  In the context of a roast (which is not a toast) “I thought it was a funny line.”  So did his deputy premier, Shirley McClellan, who blames the media for reporting the matter.

Was this a vulgar sexist joke?  Should Klein apologize?



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    Barbara Says:

    It is a vulgar joke but equally demeaning to both parties mentioned. Considering the context, a roast, it is not unusual to make a tasteless joke. I frankly thought it was funny. Presumably, the parties mentioned were present.

    This context is different from that of a sitting of Parliament. The remark there was not so evenhanded.

    No apologies, but don’t act offended if you are similarly skewered at a roast.

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    Paul Geraghty Says:

    Neil, Of course this is a vulgar sexist joke – just look at the source!!

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    SUZANNE Says:

    If women can’t take a joke, even a vulgar one like that, maybe they shouldn’t be in politics. If that’s all it takes to keep you out, you don’t have what it takes.

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