We’ve Got Mail! Welcome to the MP Hall of Horse Slaughter Shame!

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Canadians have the right to expect higher standards of those involved in politics.  We eloquently and verbosely complain to our local MP all the way up to Ottawa.  We complain in English, we complain in French  – we complain on Twitter and on Facebook pages and via email.   If there’s one message I’ve received during the process of mailing horse slaughter info to Canadian politicians, it’s that for every one positive response you receive,  you’ll get five more from politicians who are so clueless that they shouldn’t be allowed to open their mouths without a teleprompter.

MP Bruce Stanton will delete any messages and block you from his FB page if you are not a constituent – no matter what you write.  As a result of posting horse slaughter info on his page,  I am now blocked.  I can understand that he won’t have time to address non-constituents,  but to BLOCK Canadians from his page is really outlandish behaviour for a politician.

The Stupid doesn’t stop there either.  I received a response to an email from Dr. Colin Carrie (yes,  MPs in Canada really do send all their letters on archival paper with the

MP Dr Colin Carrie

MP Dr Colin Carrie

edges lightly toasted).  Don’t let the “Dr.”  title confuse you – he’s not a medical doctor,  he’s a chiropractor who has worked closely with naturopaths and homeopaths to make both of those disciplines more mainstream.  He also introduced a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Food and Drugs Act to de-list vitamins, thus removing many safety provisions.  PM Harper appointed him Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health,   so you’d think he’d recognize the word “toxin” when he saw it in print.  Or perhaps as a promoter of homeopathy,  he thinks that there’s nothing wrong with a little homeopathic dose of phenylbutazone?  I do wish Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq would rein him in – and why is she completely silent on the issue of adulterated horsemeat?.  It’s highly ironic that someone who endeavours to promote “natural medicine” sees no problem with the phenylbutazone contamination of horsemeat,  which was pointed out to him in the letter to which he is responding!

MP Tony Clement

MP Tony Clement

Next up is MP Tony Clement,  president of the Treasury Board and Industry Minister; he also lost out on a race for party leadership to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.   He’s also famous for  championing a memorial to an ally of Chairman Mao – you know,  a brutal dictator.  Tony must be getting some of his dictates directly from Beijing,  because he blew off one of my emails by  trying to assure me that the CFIA had everything under control,  no horses were even offended that they were being slaughtered,  and that all horses were fully withdrawn from the presence of systemic drugs.  When you come to think of it,  doesn’t it seem odd that a food source has to be held on a feedlot to “withdraw” all the drugs from its system before it can be eaten?  And what’s with Tony’s comment about a horse being “eligible” for slaughter?  What horse would choose to be eligible for a one-way trip to Hell?

But next up boys and girls,  is where the organic waste material really hits the fan.  Calgary MP Rob  Anders was first elected in Calgary West as a Reform MP in 1997. He was the only MP in Canada to vote against making Nelson Mandela an honorary citizen of Canada, calling him a “terrorist.”  He then went on to establish himself as a bit of a crank when he signed a card in support of Canadian troops with the handwritten message: “When in doubt, pull the trigger,” (or shoot the captive bolt,  it’s all the same to him)  He’s most famous for falling asleep on camera during a legislative session – a group of MPs were hearing from an organization that helps former soldiers who are homeless.  Anders showed up later, then started text messaging on his phone, then fell asleep. He denied that he fell asleep and suggested that his accusers were “NDP “hacks” who praised Vladimir Putin.  Makes total sense right?  He was kicked off the Veterans Affairs Committee after its president said he was dumbfounded that Anders had  slept through the group’s presentation.

I would like to be charitable and believe that Rob Anders suffers from narcolepsy, a debilitating condition that can interfere with one’s life at any unforeseen moment. I once had a prof who had narcolepsy. But when he woke up he never called his students a bunch of NDP hacks. He’d simply say “sorry about that.” We accepted that.  When I Googled Mr. Anders however, I found a possible reason for his dimwittedness. The poor man was born – appropriately – on April 1, 1972, April Fools’ Day.  Maybe he’s suffering from Harpo-lepsy?  In any case,  I’m sure he’s just as effective awake as he is asleep.  And here’s his  verbatim response to an

MP Rob Anders

MP Rob Anders

email from Animal Alliance,  which is why he’s here in our roll call of short-sighted,  “hard-of-reading” MPs.   Anders has apparently got his nose out-of-joint over Canada’s lack of an abortion law,  or he’s accusing the writer of some form of speciesism,  or he was rudely and prematurely awoken from his nap in the legislature and wasn’t given time to collect his thoughts.  In any case,  it would seem he’s not of an anti-slaughter mindset,  from what we can tell.

But occasionally,  we do hear the odd speck of truth from a Canadian MP.  Twice in recent history,  once by MP Ryan Leef and again by Environment Minister Peter Kent,  PM Stephen Harper has been introduced as the “Prime Minister of Cannibal.”  What’s that old saying about “First time it’s funny, the second time it must be true…”?  The Conservative Party of Cannibals … as a nickname it kind of fits.

Skeeter for Prime Minister!

Skeeter for Prime Minister!

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About heatherclemenceau

Hopefully as I've grown older I've also grown wiser, but one thing I've definitely become cognizant of is the difference between making a living and making a life. Frequently outraged by some of life's cruelties, and respect diversity. But.....I don't suffer fools gladly, and occasionally, this does get me into some trouble! I have the distinction of being the world's worst golfer - no wait, I do believe that there is a gypsy in Moldavia who is a worse golfer than I. Nor am I much of a dancer - you won't see a booty-shakin' flygirl routine from me! I'm also not the kind of cook who can whip up a five-course meal on a radiator either! And I've never figured out how to get an orchid to bloom a second time. I love to discuss literature, science, philosophy, and sci-fi , or even why Seinfeld is funny on so many levels. Words move me. I'm very soft-hearted about most things, especially animals, but I have a stoicism about me that is sometimes interpreted incorrectly. I do have a definite edge and an often "retro-adolescent" sense of humour at times. I'm a big advocate of distributed computing projects to advance science. Check out http://boinc.berkeley.edu/ if you want to find out more. I'm an eclectic plant-based eater, and as such, it's a personal practice of mine to seduce innocent meat-eaters into cruising the (salad) bars at every opportunity. You would be powerless to resist. I was recently surprised to find that a computer algorithm concluded that I write like Dan Brown, which is funny because I didn't think Dan Brown could actually write. Check out your own style - http://iwl.me/ Oh, and I love impractical shoes and funky hats.

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  1. Pingback: We’ve Got Mail! Welcome to the MP Hall of Horse Slaughter Shame! | Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

  2. I guess when you are beholding to the FOOD LOBBY, and the CORPORATE WORLD of FOOD, like M.P. Rirz is you follow their CORPORATE LINE– raise the greatest number of animals, at the least amount of cost to achieve the greatest amount of profit AT ANY COST

    • Yep – it’s Big-Ag who decides what we’re going to eat, and for the most part the gubbermint just goes along with it. Large-scale industrial agriculture depends on engineering the land and the animals, to ensure the absence of natural diversity. But as the recent emergence of herbicide-tolerant weeds on U.S. farms has shown, nature ultimately finds a way to subvert uniformity and assert itself.

  3. Now comes the crucial question re Skeeter’s chances of holding office in Canada: Is Skeeter considered an American or Canadian citizen and is he old enough to qualify for holding office?

    Voters need to know.

    • Well I’m pretty sure we could get Skeeter up to Canada to perform his presidential duties, but there is always one stumbling block of course – Rob Anders, who just might pitch a fit and declare him a “terrorist.”

  4. dealing with people(aka morons) like this is akin to banging your head on a brick wall! So frustrating–how do these people ever even make it through school let alone get themselves elected into parliament?? It is obvious that they are not worth wasting any more time on– we really need to give them the boot to no-wheres-ville where they belong!!!

    • I think a lot of them are handicapped by not being familiar with horse slaughter, the origins of horsemeat, and the drugs – they’re pretty specific topics to start off with. But I’ve been writing to all of them for almost a year now – one letter per month, starting off simply and working my way up to more complicated issues. But they will respond to a letter that includes links to actual investigations by our biggest newspapers, independent accountings of drug contamination, etc. etc. and tell you it isn’t actually happening.

  5. Calgary MP Jim Prentice is nothing more than a suit too. He sends me form letters (on expensive paper with letterhead) telling me how the laws are adequate. He hasn’t got a clue, nor does he care.

  6. it would be funny, if this was merely a tv show. Not surprised with any of it. You’ve had Joyce Fairbairn voting int he senate despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at least two years ago and finally being declared in competent in February of this year. Yet, she was still voting and doing her duties right up until the last month….Sadly, she was on the anti-side and did have quite a bit of influence in some ares.

    • I think Senators now have to retire at 75, which is probably too late for many of them. Getting appointed to the Senate has to be one of the most lucrative and relaxing government positions in the country. There are very few ways to kick somebody out – I think you basically have to skip work for two years before they turf you out and give the vacancy to someone else.

      • I just find it scary that she was still sitting and voting even though she had been declared incompetent and had a power of attorney as far back as February. Maybe be time for reform up there?

    • I think they’ve made some new rules about the Senate. But the MPs are also out-of-control. Bev Oda is the biggest spender, outside of Gerry Ritz. She stays at 6-star hotels and drinks $16 glasses of orange juice while attending conferences on the immunization of poor children. There was so much controversy over her spending that she finally resigned this year.

  7. What you are dealing with is exactly what the US Congress has done about horse slaughter for the last ten years which is nothing. The description of the form letters we all get back from our elected officials is right on the mark. Their staff answers all of the letters from all of these politicians going to constituents the actual politician never sees or is bothered with any of it.

    • I figured as much. But you know, his staff are doing a disservice to his constituents and other Canadians, by not even having a basic understanding of what they’re reading. Like any manager, the MP can delegate authority but not responsibility for letters that are sent out from his or her office. There are some people working in MPs offices, and the MPs themselves, who have not dropped the ball – even if they are using a form letter now, at least it’s intelligently written and somewhat personalized.

  8. Hi Heather (Angel Hair … or Cinderella?) Anyway, I absolutely love your writing style and the torrid and feisty remarks you make. I have already prescribed to your blog and will be over frequently to read your thoughts. Keep them coming. Your US cousin in this fight! Have a fabulous weekend!

    Oh, do share our new blog with your readers. There will be much more to come as we’ve only just begun. Cheers!

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