May 11, 2015

Elizabeth May: "Class" remark was "Welcome Back, Kotter" pun "that clearly didn't work"

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"I've said I was sorry from the first interview," Green Party leader Elizabeth May told me when I interviewed her today on Parliament Hill.

"My attempts at humour were completely misplaced and didn't work well," she added.

I asked her if she stood by her comment that convicted terrorist Omar Khadr had more "class" than the Prime Minister's cabinet, and she told me she was trying to make a play on words related to her earlier reference to the 1970s sit-com Welcome Back, Kotter.

May told me she has no further plans to "try to do comedy without help."

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commented 2015-05-14 02:45:52 -0400
So, why did social media treat her differently than it did the outspoken sucker from Hydro One? His boss FIRED him for inappropriate sexist comments. Elizabeth’s comments are seemingly acceptable because: 1) they were not anti-woman, 2) she is a woman, 3) she is white, 4) she was allegedly intoxicated, 5) she criticized rightist efforts, 6) she is part of many minorities, political being only one of them, and 7) a loose cannon is needed on the Hill to offset pretty boy Trudeau who can’t be trusted to speak unless his Marc Garneau and other councillors write the words for him to read.
commented 2015-05-13 19:59:46 -0400
Elizabeth May,

Your recent comments about Omar Khadr are disgusting. Your behavior is unforgivable and your excuses of a “failed comedy routine” are not much better because there is nothing funny about this situation. I served Canada in Afghanistan and I can tell you this individual could have easy killed one of our soldiers over there. Do you understand why? It’s because he was an enemy combatant. Do you have any clue the suffering people endure from war? The Speer family has lost everything and you want to crack jokes about convicted killers of dead servicemen and have a toast to the terrorist that killed him? Well, I usually avoid using vulgarities when I’m corresponding with politicians, but in this particular case it seems more than fitting since you crossed that boundary yourself. Therefore, I sincerely wish to say that you are a fucking disgrace to our country and I hope you find yourself living on the dole again after the election.

Canadian Veteran
commented 2015-05-13 19:48:01 -0400
Not only is she a little green, she is also wet behind the ears.
commented 2015-05-13 19:42:50 -0400
Is she not subject to a code of conduct? Funny how what’s sauce for the goose is never sauce for a saucy gander.
commented 2015-05-12 23:00:59 -0400
Angry at the world, she is; like a lot of champagne socialists. She’s angry because she’s not PM – and she thinks that’s just because she’s a woman. She’s angry at anyone who isn’t green, because that means they’re not listening to her. She’s angry at the Conservatives because she believes she has a higher moral authority to govern. Just a 50 something year old who never grew up and never got over the faux righteous anger that real adults ditch once they leave college.
commented 2015-05-12 21:23:48 -0400
She blames fatigue and others suggest maybe booze. Does anyone believe that May didn’t prepare at least an outline of what she planned to say long before the event? I don’t. She’s an angry, nasty, narcissistic piece of work.
commented 2015-05-12 17:29:15 -0400
I believe Elizabeth is so full of herself that she thinks she can lie her way through this! Question : If a woman (Lisa) is trying to pull you off the stage, why on earth would you pull back unless you’ve had too much to drink (wine)? Wondering if the people at her table will let anyone know how many wine drinks she had?
commented 2015-05-12 16:58:10 -0400
Getting the Green Party into Parliament was an achievement?
commented 2015-05-12 15:09:16 -0400
I use to think she should not be part of the debates. Now I look forward to it. Spice things up a bit. I will even buy the wine! LOL
commented 2015-05-12 12:57:17 -0400
George Dyer, I agree with you 100%, I could not have said it better.
Ms. May is really a nobody, I mean who seriously listens to her other than her nut-job followers. She and her party will always be distant fourth party. However as an MP she should learn to have more class and respect for our elected Prime Minister, and her lame apology should have been directed to Mr. Harper and the Cabinet, I would have had a tiny bit more respect for her in that case. Instead of apologizing for being a bad comedian. Even if all she said is ‘sorry, I was drunk’, it would have meant more than what she is trying to spin.
She is also the only politician that offered Kadar a place to live in her home – that alone speaks volumes.
commented 2015-05-12 12:15:53 -0400
Sad part is, people in the background were cheering her on. She may have been drunk, she may not be funny, but she meant what she said. Sadder still, I watched the entire “speech” on YouTube, all the comments I read supported her “speech”.
commented 2015-05-12 11:40:00 -0400
I wonder how long she had to practice the croaky voice thing. She was drunk. Period.
commented 2015-05-12 10:57:51 -0400
I hope the first thing she does every morning is put her glasses on , if she ever puts her dentures in backwards she might chew herself to death.
commented 2015-05-12 10:39:28 -0400
good job brian, finally the questions were answered, like it or not, she gave more depth to her actions.
commented 2015-05-12 09:20:15 -0400
Peter: My point is that it was an achievement, and a better thing to be remembered for than a drunken outburst. So I think her regret probably is sincere.
commented 2015-05-12 08:41:47 -0400
Sorry my mistake, I said, “For one in cabinet, that is disturbing.” I means “For an MP, that is disturbing.”
commented 2015-05-12 08:37:26 -0400
Well Terry Rudden, getting a party into parliament may be an accomplishment, but it is really a minor one in comparison to achievements that actually achieve something significant, something that helps the country.

As for Ralph Klein, it was the frankness, openness and “real person” quality of Ralph that allowed for him to get away with being a souse. He also not only showed contrition at one point for his drinking, bu he made a serious attempt to limit it. Plus, he actually got the debt under control. I think what we learned from Ralph is that Albertans appreciate a real person as a political leader rather than someone who puts on the fake face, fake speech and actually does what he said he was going to do. The drinking … meh!

However with May, the language to me is meaningless. I don’t care. It is the underlying attitude of supporting a terrorist, of actually (what appears to be) loving a terrorist. For one in cabinet, that is disturbing.
commented 2015-05-12 07:27:42 -0400
Wonderful, an apology for being a failed stand up comic – now what about all the criminally vitriolic spewed at the PM ? Did you not sat he was inhuman? Lucy, choo got some ‘splainin’ to do!!
commented 2015-05-12 07:15:04 -0400
Humour? And communist/socialists/marxist/liberal pigs fly too.
commented 2015-05-12 06:58:22 -0400
There is a saying in the little part of Europe that my parents come from:

“What a sober person thinks, a drunk person says” – clearly Elizabeth May meant every word she spewed out (between the burps and hiccups). A drunk employed woman praising a Radical Islamist Mujahideen (think about that for a moment)….sad state of the left in Canada.
commented 2015-05-12 06:51:32 -0400
Joan and Peter: I’m sure the apology was sincere, on at least one level. Ms. May realizes that her career is now over. Unless you’re Ralph Klein or Sir John A., a Canadian party leader can’t get away with sloppy drunk in public. It’s a shame, because this will be what people remember, as oppposed to the undeniably significant achievement of getting the Green Party into Parliament.
commented 2015-05-12 03:58:26 -0400
George Dyer – well said!!!
I am more alarmed by her underlying point-of-view than by her swearing, miss hitting on comedy etc. She does not have to apologize for free speech – but as a leader of a Federal party, she should explain her position on terrorism and terrorists among us. Her apology seems to miss the point.
commented 2015-05-12 03:45:54 -0400
Lisa Raitt showed the irony of May’s “class” remark – she should have left May to self-destruct even further.
commented 2015-05-12 00:41:25 -0400
It certainly is refreshing to hear someone give a frank interview and actually answer the questions asked. Wouldn’t it be great if cabinet ministers were free to do that?
commented 2015-05-11 23:11:24 -0400
What she said is what she thinks.She adores those who hate Jews and think that Israel should be wiped off the map. She is in solidarity with those who wish to destroy our economy with insane " green" policies. I have always found her to be on the stupid side of everything. I think the mainstream media agree with her.
Perhaps she shall receive an award of some kind. I really do think things of gotten that nutty.
commented 2015-05-11 22:51:27 -0400
Me thinks Ms Green Party May loudly speaks too much nonsense. May she forever be her one and only caucus member.
commented 2015-05-11 22:46:58 -0400
Not buying the comedy routine excuse. She clearly used the venue as an opportunity to express her love for a terrorist and disdain for her colleagues. She is a truly pathetic figure. Time for Lizzy to head back to The Cape where perhaps she May be welcomed back.
commented 2015-05-11 22:39:22 -0400
I wasn’t happy with the results in the Alberta election but to tell the truth I half expected it to turn out the way it did. It wont hurt to see how bad things are going to be and then during that time Wildrose and PC parties can get their s..t together and hopefully win a comeback next election.
As for Khadr just give him enough rope and time to hang himself.
commented 2015-05-11 22:33:09 -0400
First of all, to Lisa Raitt, Lisa, if ever I have to be given the “Bums Rush” I hope that it will be from someone as competent at it and as caring as you. Well done Lisa.

To Elizabeth May, I’ve been pouring over many of the articles, interviews and comments regarding your disgusting and repugnant remarks, those which the mainstream media are laughingly describing as “awkward”. Naturally, those so-called interviews merely expose the media of deliberately drawing our attention away from the serious and deadly issue of terrorists in our midst by attempting to focus our attention on the humdrum stuff of politicians behaving badly.

They have not been without success. As a result, some people are suggesting that you take a long walk on a short pier, others think that you should simply resign and find some way to make a proper contribution to society. Most say that you should apologise and, lo and behold, you now say that you’re sorry. Really? Sorry for what? Sorry to whom, exactly? I hope that you’re not saying sorry to me. I hope that you’re not saying sorry for using the word “fucking”? I hope that you’re not saying sorry for disparaging our Cabinet? I even hope that you’re not saying sorry for your sympathetic attitude towards a caught, confessed and convicted murdering terrorist whose word, by the way, evidently means nothing.

No. You’re saying sorry that we didn’t think that your effort was funny. You’re saying sorry because you didn’t have enough sleep. You’re saying sorry that we, your employers, are too stupid to appreciate your clever play on words, and so on.

In any event your apologies are meaningless. You have what I consider a God-given (or basic human) right to offend me and anyone else you wish. I would encourage you to feel at liberty to say anything, about anyone, or anything, anywhere, anytime, and if one day I am tested, I sincerely hope that I have the courage to defend, to my dying breath, those privileges for you and all Canadians. In coming here as a citizen from another country, that is one with a somewhat less civilized culture than ours, Canadians have graciously given you the privilege of freedom of expression. Use it without apology, and afford others the same consideration, but do not subsequently taint your principles with a useless, empty apology that has enough wiggle room in which to operate a wind turbine farm.

Confucius says: “What is in the sober [wo]man’s mind is on the drunkard’s tongue.” Well Elizabeth, if you would have at least stood firm and admitted, what is so obviously the truth, that what was on your tongue is exactly what was in your small, nasty mind, then my opinion of you as a climate fear-mongering whacko who is hell bent on the financial ruin of my children and grandchildren, might actually have been raised a small notch in your favour.
commented 2015-05-11 22:19:34 -0400
That woman is a nut case. She has been chewing too much grass. She looks like a clown but that does not make her funny & she can’t even speak proper English ( heckeling… not a word madam). Sorry Brian, but she is so boring that I could not even watch the whole interview.