Premier Dalton McGuinty refused to apologize yesterday after top campaign adviser Warren Kinsella made a sexist suggestion about Ottawa MPP Lisa MacLeod “baking cookies” instead of campaigning for the Oct. 10 election.
McGuinty, also an Ottawa MPP, quickly apologized last week to a provincial government job applicant dubbed “ghetto dude” by a junior civil service clerk, but said yesterday he will continue to accept Kinsella’s counsel despite the “unfortunate” remarks.
“He’s apologized for those comments and I think that ends the matter,” McGuinty said, noting that the remarks were made on Kinsella’s personal blog and later withdrawn.
“Mr. Kinsella will continue to offer advice to us, I’m sure.”
The posting on Kinsella’s blog pictured MacLeod, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Nepean-Carleton, at a rally with party leader John Tory and eastern Ontario candidate Randy Hillier. A word bubble from MacLeod said: “I very much wish I was somewhere else at this very moment. Baking cookies, perhaps. Oh my.”
Kinsella sent a personal apology to MacLeod yesterday after posting a further mea culpa on his blog, calling the remarks a “puerile and sophomoric attempt at humour.”
But MacLeod said McGuinty’s refusal to apologize for a remark that suggests a woman’s place is in the home leaves him in a “credibility gap” given his talk about getting more women elected. MacLeod, who frequently brings her two-year-old daughter to work and political events, said she accepted Kinsella’s apology and urged him to become a force in the Liberal party in pushing for family friendly reforms in the Legislature.