Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Ambrose's Bad Hair Day

Here's an assertion. Rona Ambrose, Federal Environment Minister, was appointed at that position not because of her environmental credentials but because the Conservatives decided that her reasonable good looks were a useful distraction from the fact that the Tories intended to do nothing for the environment, despite it being a strong value in Canadian polls.

Agree or disagree, enter the alleged furor caused today when environment groups were hung out to dry in the heavily right leaning CanWest Media group.

Preceding an accurate and unflattering portrait of Conservative climate change policy, environmental groups including Greenpeace, and Climate Change Action asserted that Ms. Ambrose would be known more for her hair than her enivornmental record.

The (UN Climate) Convention has seen some outstanding Presidents and some ordinary ones. Canada’s Rona Ambrose was neither. She might have the best hair of any COP President, but she will be remembered as the worst COP President in the history of the climate convention.

Should environmental groups stick to the issues and avoid personal attacks? Yes. However, that is a simple statement that ignores a key right wing strategy - the glossing over key issues with superficialities in order to gain voter share. Ambrose was not given the Environment portfolio because of her green qualifications, yet for the past 10 months her face has been paraded before mainstream media continuously, while her party bought time to announce their environmental non-action.

However ill-advised the environmental groups spin may have been, the issue does beg the question - what group is being more degrading to women? The party that at every opportunity props an attractive neophyte before the camera for their own political gain? Or the groups that have the audacity to point that fact out?


6 comments:

Kuri said...

I don't think Ambrose's looks factored into her role. I think her gender did. The Tories put the women cabinet appointments into career-smashing, kamikaze roles, designed to undo their very responsibilities. That Ambrose and Oda had so little self respect as to accept them is sad.

Anonymous said...

However il-advised the environmental groups spin may have been, the issue does beg the question - what group is being more degrading to women? The party that at every opportunity props an attractive neophyte before the camera for their own political gain? Or the groups that have the audacity to point that fact out?

Tsk, tsk. You sound like the Fiberals/Alliance/Smilin' Jack Crew.

Better to say. We screwed up. We apologize, Ms Ambrose

Jason Bo Green said...

Shameful, disgusting efforts from these environmental groups.

I am an environmental-minded voter who wants to see a clear earth with clean water and air, not childish name-calling or taunting. No comparison to right-wing efforts can ever justify these actions, because there is never any justification for actions like these.

It was wrong, it was stupid, it was harmful, and above all, it displays a clear and obvious lack of maturity, which means that most people will simply tune out any message these people have. If they cannot oppose and debate and critique like adults, then they have absolutely nothing to offer any of us.

They should all resign their posts and make way for real leaders - they themselves are not.

Anonymous said...

I have it on good authority that Ambrose wears a piece.

Yip, all her hair mysteriously fell out about 9 months ago.

Tom said...

I'm sorry how is it sexist to state that Ambrose will be better remembered for her hair than enviornmental policy? Men and Women both have hair, and now a days both genders are puting a little effort into making it look good. Further more what "political" debates have you people seen that have not included any personal attacks? I would argue that these comments made by Greenpeace are a sign that equality is really taking hold. Its about time that Women stop getting special treatment just because of the feared backlash from the "feminazi" movement. I support true feminism, equality, understanding and common sense. I think if these "feminsts" that are causeing a big stink over the hair comments used some of their brain power they would see they're being manipulated to distract the public from the real issue, which is this government's incompitence in the enviornment sector.

Alison said...

Well said, Odiyya.
Personal attacks and the resulting moral outrage they provoke are both silly and inevitable.
But appointing Ambrose to Environment at all is a whole other issue.
I note that no one has defended Ambrose using the obvious argument - that we should be listening to what she says rather than how she looks. Rather telling, that.