Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Very Own Personal Irwin Cotler Calender

Recently, Mount-Royal MP Irwin Cotler has been railing against the Tories for sending an incendiary pamphlet into his riding accusing him and the Liberal party of being soft on support for Israel. That Mr. Cotler's largely Jewish riding was targeted by Tory spin-meisters was particularly galling to him because of his unwavering support for Israel and for the fact that his Israeli wife was none too pleased.
The whole idea of using Parliamentary resources to send such partisan political messages has become an open issue.

All this however hasn't stopped Mr. Cotler from continuing the fine tradition of sending junk mail to constituents. This week I received an advertisement hyping Mr. Cotler good deeds, disguised as a 2010 calender, compliments of course, of Canadian taxpayers.
In addition to the standard holidays most calenders include, I was a bit surprised at the number politically correct 'special' days that he chose to honour;
  • January 17th is Raoul Wallenberg Day (pandering to his Jewish constituents)
  • March 8th is International Women's Day (fair enough if he would have included International Men's Day on November 19th. Of course, he did not....)
  • March 8th Commonwealth Day (celebrating our association with various banana republics such as Uganda and Rhodesia)
  • March 21th is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Do not use the 'N' word today, please)
  • April 14th is Holocaust Memorial Day (more pandering to Jewish constituents)
  • April 19th is Israel Independence Day (more pandering to Jewish constituents)
  • April 22th is Earth Day ( Highlights special potting soil promotion day at RONA ..)
  • May 1st May Day (Isn't this a old Communist holiday?)
  • May 3rd is Press Freedom Day (free newspapers today- thank you!)
  • May 8th is Red Cross Day (will soon be changed to 'Red Thingie Day' in Quebec, due to political correctness.)
  • May 15th is International Family Day (celebrating your overseas relatives)
  • May 24th is Victoira Day, Journée des Patriotes (celebrating Quebec separatists)
  • May 28th is Peacekeepers Day (celebrating Mohawk Kanawake reserve Police officers)
  • June 5th is World Environment Day (another two for one holiday- see Earth Day.)
  • June 12th is Father's Day and is shared with World Refugee Day (fathers always have to share)
  • June 21th is National Aboriginal Day (another two for one holiday- see August 9)
  • June 27th is Canadian Multiculturalism Day (probably not celebrated in Quebec)
  • August 9th International Day of Indigenous People (The dictionary defines 'aboriginal' as 'indigenous' and 'indigenous' as 'aboriginal.' The Indians already have a day on June 21, let's call it Indigenous Aboringinals Day or better still "Indian Day".
  • June 26th is UN Charter Day (one of just 72 'special' days declared by the United Nations)
  • September 8th International Literacy Day (must be able to read to know what this is.)
  • September 21th International Day of Peace (Bosses can't yell at you and you can't fight with your spouse - fair enough!)
  • October 1st is the International Day of Older People (stop stealing money from your senile parents day)
  • October 5th is World Teacher's Day (shamelessly promoted by apple producers)
  • October 18th is Persons Day (celebrating everybody!)
  • October 24th is United Nations Day (arrrghhh!!!!)
  • November 16th is International Day for Tolerance (thank you officer, for giving me a warning instead of a fine!)
  • November 20th is National Child Day (buy your kid a present, because one birthday a year is not enough!)
  • December 6th is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (also known as Marc Lépine Day)
  • December 10th Human Rights Day (also known as Irwin Cotler Day in Canada.)


  1. Somehow he missed International Day for Palestinian Human Rights.

    Cotler, whose choice of whose rights are to be protected remains selective, supports those who feel that any criticism of Israeli policies are anti-Semitic.

  2. Dec 6 has been used since 1991 to mark the 1989 shooting of 14 women in Montreal. As sad an occasion as that was, I've always thought it a travesty that there is no national remembrance of the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917 which killed almost 2,000 people and left 9,000 injured, of whom almost 6,000 were rendered homeless. Many of the injured were children who were orphaned. In terms of total deaths and injuries combined, it remains the largest disaster ever in North America. For deaths alone, only the 9/11 attacks and Pearl Harbour top it. Most Canadians are more familiar with both those latter events than one in their own country.