Call the Parliament Hill window police

Spotted in Hedy Fry’s 5th floor office window at the Confederation Building on Parliament Hill:

I’m not sure how Fry qualifies as a veteran, but she’s got the sign and she’s showing her support for the presumptive Democratic nominee for President!

Flashback from the Hill Times:

Conservative MP Rob Anders was recently forced to remove a “pro-life” sign from his East Block office window on Parliament Hill after receiving a formal letter of complaint from a Liberal Senate political staffer and after the chief government whip told him to take it down.

The large blue and white “Defend Life” Knights of Columbus sign could clearly be seen for a few weeks before it was removed on July 2 and one day after abortion rights activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler was named to the Order of Canada among 75 for one of Canada’s highest honours.

Amélie Crosson, an assistant to Ottawa Liberal Sen. Jim Munson, sent a formal letter of complaint to Mr. Anders, all MPs, Senators, assistants, party leaders, whips, and party caucus services, on June 27 after she noticed the sign on June 23 while walking to work.

Ms. Crosson told The Hill Times that in her 10 years on the Hill, she could not remember ever seeing a sign in a window before and after she found out whose office it was, she sent a letter of complaint to all MPs.

“All of us who work here are passionate about politics and specific political issues, but if we all start to decorate the exterior of our windows,” she wrote, “in no time, our Parliament Buildings will look like a collection of university frat houses.”

UPDDATE: I’ve received an email from Team Fry. It has been reprinted with permission from it’s author Tim Campbell.

Comments

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  • MolarMauler

    Whoa Canada!
    First NaftaGate and now WindowGate. Is there no end to the depths we will sink to in order to influence the U.S. elections…

  • http://peterpucksaskatchewan.blogspot.com/ Peter Puck

    Clearly being associated with the US is only bad if you re Conservative

  • Powell lucas

    Hedy Fry, and any other liberal for that matter, does not have to abide by the same rules that apply to others. The bureaucrats are mostly Liberal appointees and they realize their chances of expanding their wasteful empires under the Conservatives is very slim. Therefore they will take every opportunity to turn the enforcement gestapo loose on the Conservatives to harass them. Why do you think only the Conservative offices were raided in full view of the media when the other parties are being investigated for the same in and out scheme.

  • http://wheredthatbuggo.blogspot.com Jeff Davidson

    i agree stephen. such sign are rather unsightly. luckily, political types with blogs can hang up whatever sign they like
    at their blogs. take for example, president of the guelph conservative party, andrew prescott. he’s been able to show his support for republican John McCain at his blog.

    i guess gloria kovach would be bitter if he hung signs like that around the riding office in guelph. but who knows, maybe not?

  • http://spyimplants.webs.com don muntean

    Just see! She better get that trash out of that window – right now.

  • DWT

    'Ms. Crosson told The Hill Times that in her 10 years on the Hill, she could not remember ever seeing a sign in a window before and after she found out whose office it was, she sent a letter of complaint to all MPs.'

    Looks like Ms. Fry didn't get the memo.

    My question is: Why in the h*ll does a Canadian MP have an Obama poster in their window to begin with? It has been my understanding from the past years of Liberal rule that the US is to be vilified, ridiculed and generally despised.

  • Liz J

    You can be sure the window police only see the Conservative windows. They'll be turning a blind eye for Fry.
    Perhaps we could get a few emails off to Ms Crosson, or better still, Chretien's boy,Munson.

  • Gabby in QC

    Hey, is the third cop from the right former Beatle Ringo Starr?

    But seriously …
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RT
    «Personal financial interest behind Chrétien attack on PM's China policy, Kenney says …
    Mr. Chrétien's former communications director, Senator Jim Munson, called Mr. Kenney's comments “very unkind.”»

    Shhh! Ms. Fry's feelings might be hurt if she's asked to remove the sign. Liberals are SO delicate and sensitive.

  • Gabby in QC

    O/T. Is there a website where the complete text of speeches made by the Prime Minister, Ministers and other Conservative representatives can be found?

    Being able to verify the actual words spoken by Ministers and the PM would help people who may want to set the record straight on talk shows or other places where those words may have been misrepresented.

  • West Coast Teddi

    It's Fry time in the Frat House.

  • http://www.harpergovernmentaccomplishments.com Sandy

    Gabby — Here is one link from the HGA site:

    http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=2&pa

    It at least has some of the PM's speeches.

  • Gabby in QC

    Thanks, Sandy.

  • jeff davidson

    where’s my previous comment? are you covering for prescott?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

    I think she should have the right to put a sign in her window… Rob Anders should also have this right.

  • Gabby in QC

    “I think she should have the right to put a sign in her window… Rob Anders should also have this right.”
    Sorry, Stephen. I disagree.

    The Parliament buildings belong to the people of Canada, not to the people who are its temporary tenants.
    Parliamentarians have plenty of other venues where they can express their POVs.

    The letter which was sent around to all and sundry was correct, IMO, when it stated: “All of us who work here are passionate about politics and specific political issues, but if we all start to decorate the exterior of our windows,” she wrote, “in no time, our Parliament Buildings will look like a collection of university frat houses.”

    The intent of that letter may be questionable – perhaps to stifle a particular POV the letter writer disagreed with – but the effect is sound.
    Parliamentarians need not mar the appearance of the parliament buildings in order to advance their pet causes.
    The rule should apply to all.
    Ms. Fry, take down that sign.

  • http://www.wolk.ca Darryl Wolk

    I agree that MPs should be allowed to put whatever sign they want in their windows. Forcing Anders to take down his sign was ridiculous. What is wrong with free speech, especially in our democratic institutions?

  • Joan

    How about just asking her to take it down. By the way I dont see it in her window anymore…

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

    Your comment is about 90% off topic. Please try to keep things from going off in another direction.

  • Sir John A.

    As a politician, if you're attracting the support of Hedy Fry, you must be doing something horribly wrong.

  • MaryT

    At least it wasn't a CHE sign or poster, like one of obama's campaign offices had posted on the wall.
    If he wins in Nov how are the liberals going to explain their sudden love of the USA and their politicians and policies. IMO the only thing he will change is the secretaries, and his underwear.

  • DWT

    'Effective this morning I have removed the sign – however, I would like to say two things. First, I can see at least two “Stephen Harper ‘06″ signs in the windows of the middle section of the Confederation Building, and I hope that your outraged readers have sent similar e-mails to these MPs expressing their wishes to have the paraphernalia removed. '

    This young man has such a condescending attitude for being a Liberal staffer. If he would be so kind as to provide the names of the MP's who are displaying Canadian election paraphernalia in a Canadian Parliament building, I, as an apparent outraged reader, would be more than willing to contact them.

  • Liz J

    Really, a sign about Harper in '06 is hardly anything to compare with interfering with US politics with a sign supporting any particular candidate. It's certainly way out of line to have it stuck in a window of the Parliament buildings of Canada. Leave it to Liberals to a reason cooked up. I'll bet Hedy Fry does support Obama, he's Liberal. Perhaps we could say we have Liberals without borders.

    Keep trying there Jeff.

  • Liz J

    Forgot to add, putting a sign of that nature in a window of Canada's Parliament buildings is rather serious and should be publicly dealt with. This after all is tourist season and we do get US tourists at this time of year. How would we feel if a US federal building were supporting a specific person to lead our country?

    Perhaps this should go to higher authority Stephen and make certain some “underling” doesn't get the notion a window is the place to put a sign IF he doesn't mean it. If it wasn't on purpose, how come it's message was facing outward for all to see?
    Gimme a break!

  • Lorne D

    At first glance ,thought it was a Re-Max Realty For Sale sign, it wasn't then wondered if it was the aftermath of a cross burning. Its down and hopefully there will be no more signs of any kind in the windows

  • Yikes

    Wow… pretty slow news day if this is the story that gets them going, huh?

  • http://jasoncherniak.com Jason Cherniak

    “after the chief government whip told him to take it down”

    I guess the Liberals are as controlling of their MPs and what signs they put in their windows.

  • Nice Rocks

    That's Nepean Sandstone that most of the parliament buildings are made from. A very fine stone for building and landscaping. Right now there's a good supply available along Highway 417 in Nepean, within a hundred metres of the old quarries from which the parliament buildings stone was extracted. I noticed that on the weekend lots of people were pulling up with trucks and trailers to pick up a supply – presumably some of them are landscapers. Just today however someone put up a big ugly fence to prevent people from accessing the stone from Corkstown Road. Not sure what the deal is, but I speculate that maybe the construction company has a customer lined up for the stone – maybe scoring a bit of a bonus on their roadbuilding contract. Or else possibly the MTO weiners have fits at the thought of business and free enterprise – and a largely black market business at that – flourishing right under their noses. If it can't be hamstringed by taxes and tamed by subsidies then what the hell good is it to anyone in government?

  • http://jasoncherniak.com Jason Cherniak

    “after the chief government whip told him to take it down”

    I guess the Liberals are as controlling of their MPs and what signs they put in their windows.

  • Nice Rocks

    That's Nepean Sandstone that most of the parliament buildings are made from. A very fine stone for building and landscaping. Right now there's a good supply available along Highway 417 in Nepean, within a hundred metres of the old quarries from which the parliament buildings stone was extracted. I noticed that on the weekend lots of people were pulling up with trucks and trailers to pick up a supply – presumably some of them are landscapers. Just today however someone put up a big ugly fence to prevent people from accessing the stone from Corkstown Road. Not sure what the deal is, but I speculate that maybe the construction company has a customer lined up for the stone – maybe scoring a bit of a bonus on their roadbuilding contract. Or else possibly the MTO weiners have fits at the thought of business and free enterprise – and a largely black market business at that – flourishing right under their noses. If it can't be hamstringed by taxes and tamed by subsidies then what the hell good is it to anyone in government?