Women in Politics: Can’t Disagree Without It Being Called a Catfight


British Columbia Premier Christy Clark went to the Council of the Federation declaring that her province was unwilling to see the Northern Gateway Pipeline travel through its territory unless there was some greater compensation for the risk they would be taking. Alberta Premier Alison Redford had one of her ministers respond that it was unusual for another province to profit from Alberta’s natural resources. Redford said any ‘compensation’ was out of the question. She said that if British Columbia wanted to see any financial benefit from the pipeline, they should negotiate with Enbridge, the commercial interest wanting to build it.

A relatively civil political discussion with both women taking sides to protect their own interests and making their points heard. Both women are being relatively diplomatic while trying to impress the electorate.

In the media, it became immediately a ‘cat fight‘ and a ‘hissing match’ and a ‘spat.’

From the Calgary Herald:

Redford said that she believes Clark is suggesting “that somehow the fundamental fiscal arrangements of confederation need to change.

“When you start doing that, that means every commercial project in Canada will now become or would become a matter for interprovincial negotiation.”

Clark’s response bordered on insulting.

“I think it’s a little unreasonable to suggest that I’m trying to destroy confederation. I’m only trying to get B.C.’s fair share out of this project and make sure we’re protecting our environment. It’s as simple as that,” she said.

“It doesn’t have to be some massive project to reopen the constitution for heaven’s sake. That’s just silly,” she added.

Those comments are akin to a cat hissing, raising it’s [sic] hackles and baring its teeth.

Presumably, no fight between two male leaders would get the same sort of coverage. Why should female Premiers, who have passed all the same tests on their way to leadership, have to face this type of belittling coverage?

Clark, who is facing falling numbers in the polls in BC, is doing something that will help her politically with those who are opposed to the pipeline, and she could see some economic gain for her province as a result. If a male Premier were behind it, he would surely be hailed for acting so shrewdly.


Related Stories:

Hopeless on Harper: Environmentalists Reach Out to Premiers

Big Risk, Little Reward: BC Wants to Renegotiate on Northern Gateway Pipeline

Premier Redford Defends Oil Sands as Oil Spill Gets Cleaned Up


Photo: glowbird/flickr


Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

It's always the same. Women are not assertive like men, but aggressive when they argue a point. Strong women at the DNC are speaking the "vagina monologues." And women have "cat fights" and "hissy fits", presumably because it's "our time of month, and we're emotional."

Men, it's becoming embarrassing -- your insecurity is showing.

Kitty C.
Kitty C5 years ago

And what is another word for Roosters?? LOL

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

Ugh/ More sexist categorizing of women to make it seem as though we're nothing more than a bunch of cartoon characters.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

what about when men politicians fight? Is it a Co ck fight?

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

Male reporters would call any arguements between women as Cat Fights and Hissy fits....they weren't properly taught by their mothers as to how to speak of women, to women, about women, for women. Their mothers did not do their jobs correctly. More needless "sparring in the war on women". Ladies take up your spatulas and teach them "boys" a lesson - we are smarter than they give us credit for!

Any woman who aspires to be equal with men, lacks ambition1

James Maynard
James Maynard5 years ago

Is this the Canadian press' description?
I thought they were more educated than
that. What's next, describing two male
Premiers discussions as a dog pissing

Noreen Niamath
Noreen N5 years ago

Main Stream Media need to be more careful of the words they choose...they unfortunately, mold the opinions of the masses.

michele s.
michele s5 years ago

Women in politics should all be on the same page. I will never in a million years understand women who tout the ideologies of the right.....to me they are traitors to their sex and blind to the strides and set backs we as women have experienced over the last century alone. To me they have allowed themselves to be kept in a box...Stepford-ish if you will.......they can't think for themselves as women......as a minority that is blatantly squashed by the men they share the political scene with. They are what hold back other women from progressing more rapidly. They to me are equivalent to the horse that is used to run down and rope another horse.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Meow....pftttt.....bring out those claws.....good grief! No matter how this disagreement is described, leave it to the ladies to figure out a solution.

Guenter Apfeld
Guenter Apfeld5 years ago

I like kids with boxing-helmets and boxing-gloves much more than kids with guns.