Alberta Conservative MLA If you want equal - get it at Starbucks
Another Alberta Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) has come under fire for controversial remarks.
Edmonton Calder Conservative MLA Doug Elinski apologized on Monday for a controversial speech he posted on his blog.
In the blog Elinski published the text of a speech he delivers to Junior High School graduates. In the speech he tells girls to smile when they walk into a room. He goes on to say that there is nothing a man dislikes more than a woman walking into a room that is scowling. He goes on to say that men know they're going to get s--t without knowing why.
He tells the young women if they want Equal they can get it in small packages at Starbucks.
The blog was taken down Monday afternoon.
Rachael Notley, a New Democratic Party MLA, said that these comments showed that Elinski does not believe in equality for women. She said these kind of comments set back the issue of equality for women.
Notley has asked Premier Ed Stelmach to make clear that this is not a prevailing sentiment in his conservative caucus.
Elinski apologized today saying that he has no way to defend his remarks. He has also apologized to the conservative caucuse. Premier Ed Stelmach accepted the apology and considers the case closed.
Elinski will not be removed from any committees he serves on.
This is the second time in in less than a week that a Conservative MLA has made controversial remarks. Last week Iris Evans was chastised for her remarks on parenting.
Edmonton-Calder Conservative MLA Doug Elniski apologized late Monday afternoon for controversial comments that he posted on his blog, and insisted that he is not sexist.
Elniski posted the text of a speech on June 13 that he said he gives to junior high school students at Grade 9 graduation ceremonies.
Part of the posting included advice to girls saying, "Ladies, always smile when you walk into a room, there is nothing a man wants less than a woman scowling because he thinks he is going to get s--t for something and has no idea what."
It continues, "Men are attracted to smiles, so smile, don't give me that 'treated equal' stuff. If you want Equal, it comes in little packages at Starbucks."
Elniski's blog was taken down on Monday afternoon.