How unfortunate that not all the candidates who flamed out in Monday’s election accepted their fate with the grace and good humour of Paul Dewar, Gail Shea, Joe Oliver and so many other casualties.
Chief among the sore losers was none other than Alexandrine Latendresse, the erstwhile NDP MP for Louis-Saint-Laurent, whose chances weren’t helped by her decision not to even stand for re-election.
In the event, her stunt double, Daniel Caron, finished third behind Liberal Yourri Rousseau, while Gerard Deltell chalked up a rare win for the Tories, pulling 50 per cent of the vote.
As readers will recall, the dyspeptic M. Latendresse was one of the combatants in last year’s Parliament Hill sexual harassment imbroglio, in which Liberal MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti were forced out of the Grit caucus after anonymous female Knee Dippers accused them of sexual hanky-spanky.
One of the anon. whistle blowers—step forward Latendresse—claimed Andrews had followed her home from a party, forced his way inside the door and commended grinding and groping her.
She told him to bugger off, but he kept harassing her afterwards, calling her a “cockteaser,” etc.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau commissioned an internal investigation and initially, Andrews was told he’d been cleared of misconduct. After all, there was no proof supporting the allegations and, since Latendresse refused to cooperate, further investigation was futile.
But a new accusation by another Liberal backbencher (Judy Sgro) materialized and Andrews soon found himself permanently punted.
Alexandrine may have opted for Freedom 31 instead of following her NDP colleagues to the electoral abattoir, but she’s not going quietly:
“I think one of the biggest disappointment [sic] of the election,” she posted on Facebook this week, “Is that Megan Leslie, Peggy Nash, Annick Papillon, Anne Marie Day, Elaine Michaud, Eve Peclet, Francoise Boivin, Mylene Freeman, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Paulina Ayala, Jinny Sims, Rosane Dore Lefebvre, Nycole Turmel, Sellah Djaouida, Helene LeBlanc, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe and Charmaine Borg lost their seats to men, most of them white and middle-aged. Sad to see these amazing women defeated by more of the same…”
Ah, the rich, creamy irony. In blaming white, middle-aged men for the misfortunes of her fallen sisters (all of whom at least faced the judgment of the big, bad sexist electorate), Ms. Latendresse appears to have forgotten that her entire short, improbable career in politics was entirely attributable to the accident of the Orange Crush and the white, middle-aged (and bald, no less) Jack Layton.