About 10 days ago Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York sent a text missive to a young woman in Seattle.  The missive involved a pix of the Congressman’s private parts.  When this came to light Weiner lied to the media and everyody else, including his congressional colleagues, that he had not sent the picture.  A conservative blogger exploded that assertion and Weiner is now saying all over the place  that he is sorry he lied.  He  also says he has broken no laws (which may well be true) and he has no intention of resigning.

Why are there so many of these sexual escapades among federal politicians in Washington?  Republican Chris Lee resigned in February after sending naked pictures to some woman.  John Edwards fathered a child out of wedlock.  And that’s  just a couple in a long list.

Isn’t it curious that there does not seeem to be any similar sexual peccadiloes in the Canadian  federal system.  Do you know of aany federal Canadian politician who had a child out of wedlock.  Neither do I.  Come to think of it, when was the last time a federal Canadian politician got into trouble over sex?   In Canada it is not federal politicians who get into trouble over sex, it’s Catholic priests and bishops.  Bishop Lahey is now in an Ottawa jail.  He was caught flat-footed with hundred of child-porno pictures.

What explains the difference on sex matter between Washington and Ottawa?

Should Congressman Weiner resign (even though he has not broken any laws)?

What do you think?


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    Barbara Says:

    You forgot Pierre Trudeau’s child out of wedlock.

    It all has to do with the seduction of power and narcissism. Maybe Canadian politicians have no illusions of power.

    Should Wiener resign? Hell, no. He committed no crime, compromised nothing related to government work. He is punished enough at this point.

  2. 2

    “Do you know of aany federal Canadian politician who had a child out of wedlock.”

    As Barbara says, Trudeau did…or, more specifically, his playmate did. And there were no laws broken there, either.

    Unlike with Francis Fox, whose playmate was going to have a child until he paid for her abortion with a forged cheque, signing her husband’s name to it. .

    “What explains the difference on sex matter between Washington aand Ottawa?”

    We don’t care nearly as much as Americans do about what other folks do in their own private lives and outside their jobs.

    “Should Congressman Weiner resign (even though he has not broken any laws)?”

    If he hasn’t broken any laws, then why should he resign?

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    Actually, I did not forget about Pierre Trudeau. When he had a child with a tNewfoundland constitutional lawyer, he was not in public office, having retired.
    Both parties wanted the child and the sex was consensual.

    Pierre Trudeau does not fit the bill we are discussing in this blog.

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    littlepatti Says:

    I certainly question the decision-making process of some of these high flyers.
    I don’t want them representing my interests or my country. A little decorum is needed…sadly they have to be caught in the act to smarten up.
    Sleeze bags!

  5. 5

    Patti, I don’t understand…politicians in Canada don’t represent me because I don’t allow them to do so, so why would you just accept that your politicians represent you?

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    Paul Says:

    If the measure of someone’s fitness for office is simply that “he hasn’t broken any laws” then we are in a pretty sorry state. He should resign.

  7. 7

    What other yardsticks would you use, Paul?

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    Paul Says:

    Whilst we might disagree about the exact definition of the terms I would want to add some degree of morality to a simple test of legality. I would not vote for someone who has displayed the kind of behaviour the congressman has displayed which includes lying and callous disregard for his marriage vows. But that is just my view of the matter.

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    jim Says:

    One may use any yardstick they wish as long as it’s not Weiner’s yardstick.

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    Paul, are you saying that politicians need to have different standards than the rest of the citizens? That they are not equal? That they are, indeed, somehow superior?

    No, I can’t agree with that.

    Jim: Weiner has a yardstick? Hmmm…that might ‘splain how he gets so many women… 😆

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    Paul Says:

    Lady Janus, there is no such thing as the “same standards” that the “rest of us” have. There is a huge range of standards that people have. I am simply saying that by “my” standards Congressman Weiner has failed the test of someonone I would vote for. I am not talking about the sleazy pictures themselves. I am talking about the lying and the callous disregard for his wife. The logical thing that follows is that I would like him to resign. I highly doubt that he will. But that is no reason not to hope for some higher standards in our public figures than Weiner and his………and Mulroney and his brown bag full of cash.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    Mentioning Mulroney and his bags full of cash reminds me that Murloney lied through his teeth under oath and was never charged with perjury. Never could figure it out.

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