Pallister on Social Issues

Pallister on Social Issues

In the 1990s Brian Pallister quit the Progressive Conservative party because he thought they were becoming too “whiny” and “bitchy,” a party with “PMS” (Globe & Mail, December 8, 2000) . Their values were too “progressive”. So he jumped ship and found a home with the Canadian Alliance under Stockwell Day and then the Conservatives under Stephen Harper.

Pallister proceeded to fight against same-sex marriage, calling it a “social experiment” (HOC Hansard, March 24, 2005). He opposed a women’s right to choose (Ottawa Citizen, May 15, 1998). He ridiculed as “frivolous expenditures” and a “waste” studies that examined the bullying of teen girls (, January 16, 2002).

He floated plans to end Employment Insurance benefits like parental leave and compassionate care (Montreal Gazette, June 12, 2004). He made important statements about women in the House of Commons: “She isn't quite sure if she's coming or going” and “You might be a doctor or a nurse; improve your chances by stripping first” (HOC Hansard, December 9, 2004).

He found the time to cancel a National Child Care program (February 6, 2006). And then he took over $80,000 from taxpayers in severance payout when he quit federal politics (Canadian Taxpayers Federation, 2008) .

Pallister’s positions were not always popular, but he knew how to avoid criticism: by bullying and evasion.

He called one of his critics “feeble-minded” – turns out she only has a PhD (MB Hansard, May 29, 1996). For everything else: “Pallister said he was ‘copping what’s known as a woman’s answer [...] It’s a sort of fickle kind of thing’” (Winnipeg Free Press, December 10, 2005).

Pallister has been out of step with Manitobans’ values for a long time. His values are the same. His policies are the same. He’s not on your side.