So Long, Stockwell Day

Conservative member of Parliament Stockwell Day is one of three Conservatives who won’t run in the next election. Not sure why he’s leaving, but he’s one of the party’s big-name Western Canadian evangelical Christian social conservatives. Maybe the Conservative are starting to see their old-school holy-rollers as a political weakness? It’s probably true that fundamentalist Christians don’t impress most voters in urban Eastern Canadian ridings where kids aren’t routinely home-schooled* (There is evidence that Day believes in anti-science creationism, which should, but sadly doesn’t, indicate one is a religious kook unfit for office**).

Day was also part of the recent controversy where civil servant in at least four departments were told to refer to the Government of Canada as The Harper Government. It’s Treasury Board’s job to protect the government’ brand. They didn’t. Boo.

*Yes, that is a cheap shot at evangelical Christian home-schooling that teaches kids nonsense like “evolution isn’t true” and “there’s evidence that the earth is 6,000 years old.” Teaching children lies is child abuse.

**Yes, that’s a shot too. And a richly-deserved one.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

4 thoughts on “So Long, Stockwell Day”

  1. no one filled out a wetsuit with so much panache.

    maybe he can be our next ambassador to libya

  2. In his defense, that whole wetsuit thing wasn’t totally out of step with the times. 1993-2001 was a pretty shallow, inconsequential time in Canadian politics. He incidently won his seat in Parliament on September 11, 2000, one year before politics got mildly consequential again.

  3. Hey I was home schooled and my political heroes are Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Tony Benn, and Che Guevara- so Steve quit dissing home schooling!

    Stockwell Day good bye and good riddance.

    Maybe its time for some Ron Paul conservatives to step forward. Bring back democracy and respect for the rights of people, coupled with fiscal responsibility and no fiddling around in foreign wars….

  4. George: I’m referring only to evangelical Christian/creationist/batshit nuts home-schooling. I was hoping that would be clear from my italicized, asteriskological comment.

    I don’t know about Rand Paul but some old-school progressive conservatives would be appreciated.

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