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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Premier says apology punishment enough after Alberta MLA's comments

"Edmonton-Calder Conservative MLA Doug Elniski is vowing to be more careful about what he posts on his blog.

The politician apologized late Monday afternoon for controversial comments he posted on his blog and insisted that he is not sexist.

"I can't defend or justify this action in any way at all," Elniski said.

On Tuesday, the rookie MLA was called to a meeting with Premier Ed Stelmach about the situation.

"These are all distractions they're totally inappropriate, they don't reflect my values, they don't reflect the values of our government, they don't reflect the values of the caucus nor of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party," Stelmach said Tuesday.

The apology given by Elniski is enough punishment and the MLA will not be removed from any of his committee assignments, the premier said.

A guide will be distributed to all Conservative MLAs outlining what is appropriate to write on social networking sites, according to Ron Glenn, the premier's chief of staff.

In his blog, Elniski offered advice to junior high school girls. He suggested that a girl wear a smile when entering a room, and that men don't want to hear about that "treated equal" stuff.

Elniski's blog was taken down on Monday afternoon. He will now have his postings reviewed before he re-starts the blog, Elniski said."


An apology is not good enough for me, and I imagine it is not good enough for the people of our province, especially the women of our province and the world! Elniski's views are clearly sexist and he should be forced to resign his seat in the Alberta Government, and be replaced with a person who is tolerant towards women and all groups.If Mr. Elniski is a chauvanist one wonders what other intolerant viewpoints he has towards individuals or groups of people in this world!

Elniski words are clearly showing he has beliefs and an attitude that the female gender is inferior to, less competent, or less valuable than the male gender. He has made Alberta and Albertans look bad in the eyes of the world, made us look intolerant and backward in our thinking, and he should resign his seat in the legislature!

After some investigation, what is even more appalling to me is that I discovered that at one time Mr. Elniski actually was employed in the field of "Adult" education (see:, and that currently he serves as deputy chair of the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund Committee. Do the people of this province want someone with his attitudes in charge of Alberta's main financial resource, if he is going to show bias towards women and girls? I say no!

What is really interesting about this situation is that the residents of Alberta apparently have been told we cannot contact Mr. Elniski personally to express our views to him about his behavior. I say this because I was unable to send an email to
Mr Elniski containing my views about his behavior. Has Mr. Stelmach shut down the Mr. Elniski's email address so that the residents of this province cannot contact him?

I suggest all of you write to Mr Elniski at and express your views regarding his comments and you contact the Premier to express your thoughts about this situation also. You can do so by going to

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.