Patronizing? Sexist? Or merely unnecessary?

As the Globe notes, there is apparently some concern being raised over this answer offered by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews yesterday during QP, as it relates to the NDP’s Niki Ashton.

Mr. Scott Armstrong (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the decision facing MPs on the long gun registry is crystal clear. MPs can either support the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry or vote to scrap it. The member for Churchill has stated: A lot of people in northern Manitoba feel the gun registry does not work for us. Could the Minister of Public Safety update this House on the long gun registry and why it is important that all members of Parliament, including the member for Churchill, vote with their constituents on this issue?

Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for this question and for his efforts on this file. The hard-working, law-abiding gun owners of Manitoba and Canada know that the long gun registry does not work. I would call upon the member for Churchill to stand in this House and represent her constituents in rural Manitoba, like her father does in the Manitoba legislature, where he has consistently spoken out against the long gun registry and with the NDP in that province who do not support the long gun registry, and not to vote with her downtown Toronto leader.

For whatever it’s worth, I’ve heard Justin Trudeau heckled for who he is the son of. So perhaps the solution here is a simple moratorium on references to one’s immediate families (the one exception being, of course, when one is compelled to enter into that traditional and hallowed debate as to whether or not his or her father could physically pummel another’s).

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