UCP Official gets backlash for being a woman who stands for an independent position.
When Sonia Kont, the United Conservative Party’s communications chair, voiced her opinion on Twitter, Liberals responded acrimoniously. Yes, they care about women, but only those who toe the party line.
On Saturday the Women’s March held their 2nd annual protest all across North America, the biggest being in Washington D.C.
Adorned with pussy hats, protesters held up plaques and yelled phrases like, “United we stand, together we rise, stronger together, and resist!”
However, when Sonia Kont, the UCP communications chair tweeted her own opinion about the organized marches, viewing them as founded on political identity, liberals and the mainstream media showed the true message of Women’s March: you only count if you think like us.
In response to the women’s march held in Calgary, Sonia Kont tweeted that she believed that women have the same rights in society. She followed up on her twitter account stating, “I’m all for democratic protests and marches but this one has no clarity of purpose,” and, “There are better ways to empower women instead of playing identity politics in a march.”
— Sonia Kont (@SoniaKont) January 20, 2018
Sonia Kont’s tweets of her “unpopular opinion” sparked the attention of many liberals on Twitter and the mainstream media, who took consequent jabs at Kont, a Kurdish conservative.
In response to the tweets she received, such as being called a bigot disguised as a conservative, she tweeted back asking, what exact rights have women lost.
What rights have women lost in the United States or Canada? It’s a shame these marches don’t say a word about the horrific conditions women face in the Middle East.
— Sonia Kont (@SoniaKont) January 20, 2018
She also received immediate backlash from Sandra Jansen of the New Democratic Party and the Minister of Infrastructure for Alberta, who tweeted a picture of Kont’s tweets with the hashtag “#BackToTheKitchen”, suggesting that is where she believes Sonia Kont belongs.
— Sandra Jansen (@SANDRAYYCNW) January 20, 2018
Stephanie McLean, the Minister for the Status of Women and Service Alberta, who attended the Calgary march, claimed that the UCP “ridiculed” the “strength of women”, although Sonia Kont distinctly noted that she was voicing her own opinions, and not the Party’s.
Today the UCP ridiculed the strength of women marching together in solidarity & using their voices fighting for equality “Sonia Kont, the communications chair for UCP said, “There are better ways to empower women instead of playing identity politics in a march.” #WomensMarchYYC
— Stephanie McLean (@NDPStephanie) January 21, 2018
Stephanie McLean subsequently tweeted that women were not equal in society. McLean blamed the equality that she sees in society on ideas that have been now debunked, specifically the “pay gap”. McLean also mentioned women and childcare being an indicator of how women are supposedly given less civil rights in Canadian society.
In reality, it shows exactly the type of women that liberals like, the worker, the “empowered”, but not the women who choose to stay at home and raise their own children.
Many of the liberals who tweeted at Sonia Kont kept pointing towards “female inequality” because of the (debunked) pay gap, and the existing norm of more women care for children than men.
Both Stephanie McLean and those who tweeted to Sonia Kont suggested with these comments, that staying at home is an injustice, which should be solved by the government.
However, they did not discuss how they plan on “righting” this supposed “wrong”. Leaving the assumption that they want the government to impose legislation regulating the home.
After Sonia Kont was hit with negative articles and tweets, she responded with her final thoughts on the issue:
The bullying from the left and my own MLA and a Minister of Crown is unacceptable. Stop with the personal attacks and identity politics.
— Sonia Kont (@SoniaKont) January 22, 2018
Other conservative women took to Twitter in criticism of the women’s march, voicing their opinions and support of Sonia Kont.
Things I learned this wknd: women are fine bullying and shaming other women whose views don’t 100% align with their own. Good to know.
— Christine Way (@ChristineMyatt) January 22, 2018
Hey @SoniaKont, I support you for voicing your opinion because, guess what, we are fortunate to have that freedom here in Canada. Ignore the hypocrisy from the bullies, rise above and continue to support other women. #truefemaleempoyerment
— Casey Amatto (@amattoca) January 22, 2018
After the world has seen the courageous women of the #IranProtests the Women’s March will now look silly when they come out in their pussy hats , screaming about their abortion rights and the “injustice” of tampon taxes. pic.twitter.com/OAdkzCPWuF
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) December 31, 2017
Nope, I’m saying the women marching should collaborate their efforts towards making elected officials appreciate what they believe are broken or non-existent policies and CHANGE them. Would be more impactful that way. Policies affect generations.
— Bettina Pierre-Gilles (@BettinaYYC) January 20, 2018
UCP leader Jason Kenney also voiced his support for women who voiced their “unpopular opinion” on the Women’s march.
Proud that the United Conservatives have so many strong, outspoken women as members. Our party doesn’t force conformity. Members are free to hold differing views.
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) January 22, 2018
The reaction from liberals to Sonia Kont’s opinion that there are better methods of empowering women other than marching in the name of unity without purpose, shows that they do not represent all woman. Far from it, it seems they only care to represent the liberal woman.
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