Why You….You…Weathervane!

If you go to Canada and get mad at someone, be careful what you call them. In Quebec’s National Assembly the other day, Premier Jean Charest was ordered to stop calling opposition leader Mario Dumont a girouette, or weather vane. The Assembly Speaker demanded that he retract the word since it’s “hurtful.” After some debate, Charest finally agreed to withdraw the word from the record. He considered calling Dumont a vent chaussette, a windsock, and a barom├Ętre, or barometer, but was smart to acquiesce. In Canada it doesn’t take a weather vane to know which way the wind blows. And hopefully it doesn’t blow south.

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