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Friday, March 29, 2013

“Wonderful wife” comment blows up on Conservatives

Ashfield budget photo-op in Fredericton makes waves nationally

by Samantha Bayard
OTTAWA , March 26, 2013 (Straight Goods News) – Furor and 
contempt for fisheries and oceans minister Keith Ashfield just won't 
die over sexist comments made to a New Brunswick high school 
In support of the federal Budget, Ashfield visited the home of a 
Fredericton family where he told high school student leader Grace 
Moreno: “Grace, you’re a great cook. You’re going to make a 
wonderful wife for somebody.”
When asked to apologize for comments most observers felt were 
patronizing and sexist, he said he was taken out of context.
“He should have apologized by now," said the NDP's Megan Leslie 
(Halifax). " This is very characteristic of the Conservatives, of the 
folks they have on their benches. I think that his statement really 
does believe their views on where women belong and where we fit 
in their Economic Action Plan, but come on, this should be over. 
This shouldn’t still be a story several days later. Why can’t he just 
apologize? It’s not rocket science. Just say yeah, I misspoke, sorry. 
But he insists that it was taken out of context. What kind of context 
could he possibly have been waiting for? It doesn’t make any 
Megan Leslie says Ashfield's comment indicate where 
Conservative believe women belong.

About Samantha Bayard

Samantha Bayard is a young journalist 

living and working out of Ottawa. She has 

been a contributor to the Straight Goods 

News family of websites since 2009. She is an avid 

cyclist and lover of animals.
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