Below is the fundraising letter sent out by Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland in which she lies about being told to “use her big girl voice” by Conservative MPs in the House of Commons when in fact it was tweeted by Vancouver Observer journo Matthew Millar (see here). Notice that the Liberals even blurred out his name and photo to hide his identity:
You go to work, and after lunch, go into a meeting with some colleagues.
You start to ask a question, and all of a sudden everyone starts shouting at you.
By the time you leave the meeting, people have taken the abuse to Twitter, and one person tells you to use your “big girl” voice if you want to be heard.
Sounds totally offensive right?
Yet that’s exactly what happened to me in the House of Commons a few weeks into my new job as a Member of Parliament — I was shouted down by Conservatives as I asked the government a question during Question Period.
Whether it’s heckling me because I’m a woman in QP, or launching an attack ad against us as they try to disrupt our convention, the troubling thing about the $18-million that the Harper Campaign raised last year is the Conservatives won’t think twice about using it to try to bully their opponents.
We’re using the $11-million we raised last year very differently. We’re building a plan together with Canadians so we can grow the economy to benefit all.
Already 667 Canadians have chipped in $31,689 toward Justin’s vision of a strong Canadian middle class. But we need you in this if we’re going to close the gap.
Don’t let the Conservatives shout us down. Let them know Canadians insist that women’s voices be heard, including in the House of Commons.
Donate $3 right now and help us raise $250,000 before Justin takes the stage Thursday evening to deliver a major address to Canadians:
And don’t forget to tune into Liberal Live starting at 6pm Thursday to watch.
Co-Chair, Liberal Economic Council of Advisors and MP, Toronto Centre
P.S. We also accept donations by phone at 1-888-542-3725, Mon-Sun, 9am to 7pm ET (if you have trouble getting through, please try again).
I’ve asked Millar for comment and will update if he replies.
Update: Thank you to
@thattallguyGabe for sending me the tweets in which Millar apologised directly to Freeland for his comment
Update: Thank you to
@NothingworksDan for sending the tweet below where Conservative MP Michelle Rempel came to Freeland’s defence
Update: Confirmation from Millar