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Thank God. The truth is out on Ruby Dhalla

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

The Liberal MP was speaking for marginalized women everywhere ...Read the full article

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  1. Dean Chambers from mississauga, Canada writes: It's obviously impossible at this point to know what the whole truth is, but there have been indications that there are holes in the story of at least one of the caregivers (passport issue).

    My thoughts are that the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, and that money and power are behind both 'versions' being portrayed by each side. (And please nobody insult your own intelligence by ruling out the probability that these caregivers have $omeone helping them who has to gain from Dhalla's fall.)

    I don't like Dhalla much, but I also don't think she's the monster being portrayed by the caregivers.
  2. j c-l from Canada writes: earth to mike v! earth to patrick nash! can you spell i-r-o-n-y? or better yet, do you have any concept of the role of the columnist in a newspaper? you need to get out more. which is an ironic way of saying you're not reading enough.
  3. daniel stewart from kelligrews, Canada writes: You can accuse Christie Blatchford of a lot--and people do; but not of bad writing.
  4. art gillies from Ft. Qu'Appelle, Canada writes: This has to be about the stupidest article I have ever read!!
  5. Michelle P from Edmonton, Canada writes: As others have said, this article was terribly written! The run on sentences meant that I needed to read a few of them several times, and the point the author is trying to make still isn't clear. Exactly what is the point that the author's trying to make? It was obscured by a garbage article.
  6. Melissa from Mississauga from London, United Kingdom writes: Incoherent, G& M you fail with this writer.
  7. Jim Kirk from Kelowna, Canada writes: Do they actually PAY you to write? Just wondering because I Jim Kirk had a hard time following with your childish writing style.
  8. John Vee from Kelowna, Canada writes: 'The Liberal MP was speaking for marginalized women everywhere..'

    ... then the article keeps on going downhill from there.
  9. Jim Kirk from Kelowna, Canada writes: I find it unbelievable that ten people actually recommended this article. Must be friends and family of this atrocious writer.
  10. ne pacific from Vancouver Island, Canada writes: I used to enjoy some of Christie Blatchford's writing. Now it's just a confused jumble of anger against...whomever. Especially against anyone 'drop-dead gorgeous,' I guess. Of course, I am prejudiced against silly dog-lovers, so perhaps I'm being unfair.
  11. Slippery Slope from Canada writes: Was Blatch on pills when she wrote this?
  12. :den ial: from Canada writes: Christie, you have officially jumped the shark with this 'piece.'

    What (kinda...sorta...I guess) started out as something unbearably clever devolved into a weird rant that had me wondering if you didn't take enough blue pills or if you took too many.

    Do you want to know why print newspapers are dying; and those that are online are becoming little more than portals with some local flavor? It's because what you've put together here is nothing more than a blog post; except blog posts have links that may lead to somewhere interesting. So this is like a quasi blog post. There is no reporting here -- it's just editorial. It's not even opinion. It's just G&M snark-lite.

    And it's apparently sooooooooo viciously clever that only your dog and your editor get it.




  13. R. M. from Regina, Canada writes: Mr. MacKay is a 'people' too and only human and who sometimes forgets things behind too just like the rest of us.........And Brian Mulroney is a people too and he gets scared (or is it scarred) to just like the rest of us.....it is enough to make a grown man cry.
  14. Eddy Bean from Canada writes: .. duh isnt the whole point that the ongoing story about Ruby Dhalla is rubbish .... i think the article paints that pretty well... and the 'my god it ain't proper english' comments from the lower intellect consume the bait perfectly....
  15. ann in Van from vancouver, Canada writes: Could someone explain what the hell the point of Blatchford's ramblings is? Thank you.
  16. Fraser Sullivan from Toronto, Canada writes: What a terribly written article, meant to cast a shadow over a politician obviously chosen for her good looks and indo-canadian ethnicity... and yet it addresses nothing but to pre-indict Dhalla.

    What is wrong with the media? Can we not get through a quick justice ruling and THEN attack like a pack of wolves? At least then the article might even be well written as opposed to this drivel. Way to go Christie, op-ed journalism at it's worst, maybe try ET Canada in print next time, heard it's still ripe for opening.
  17. Dr. John Smythe from Canada writes: This article was hilarious! If only more articles were as enjoyable to read as this!!!
  18. Eddy Bean from Canada writes: i'm just putting sausages on the barbecue anyone want one? Mustard?
  19. Nate A from Canada writes: Please let something terrible happen to Ruby so the G&M can start reporting the news again.

    This was funny, though. 10 internets to you, Christie!
  20. zippo man from Canada writes: Funny writing. Enjoyed the laugh, although who the he** knows which side is telling the truth.
  21. Aaron Carter from Cambridge, ON, Canada writes: To begin, I must say that I read, and usually enjoy reading the G&M. However, as many have pointed out, this article is very disappointing. It is incoherent and directionless. I can only suppose Ms. Blatchford was attempting to be comedic, but her endless droning about her dog certainly has left nobody chuckling.

    I looked at the comments on this article simply because I was so disgusted by the piece that I wanted to see how others felt. I'm glad many others agree with me and I hope Ms. Blatchford is reading what had been said. I know we all have our 'off days', but this is just unacceptable and I expect better in the future.
  22. The Author's Dog from Canada writes: Nate A: You must be right! Blatchford is trolling, and the editors are allowing her to do it. This is a thinly veiled effort to drive up page hits. In that case, they did what they set out to do.
  23. Eye Sore from Dog Pound, Alberta, Canada writes: Doesn't anyone who whether there's any substance to the rumours out there that I Ruby Dhalla has included a provision in her will for her ego to be donated to the McGill University Medical Centre for further study? . . .
  24. leo bloom from radisson, sask, canada, Canada writes: Good point Eddie Bean - kinda makes you wanna run down the dunes and kick the rest of these whinging ostriches in the big, downy backsides for having their heads buried so deep in the self-righteous sand, eh? Look, this is just what the G&M needs - this is just what the print media needs...a fresh, unencumbered take on things. If you want the grown-up, 'See Jack run. Run Jack run (and no, not Layton)' narrative, then read a refrigerator manual. Actually, it does beg the question - what do you maze-mice read? If you need to go from A to B to C without at least sideways glance, then man, oh man, are you missing out on some grand and tasty literature...Oh well, to each his/her missionary own, huh?
  25. John Fuller from Canada writes: I'm afraid this has to at the top of my worst written article list.
    Very confusing, just a waste of space.
    On the plus side it did make me register here and comment on it, didn't it.
  26. Eddy Bean from Canada writes: .. i sense a lot of people are angry. Do not let your mediocre lives depress you - not everyone can be a sudoku master - reply address and i will send a sausage to cheer you up.....
  27. The Author's Dog from Canada writes: @ leo bloom from radisson: Wow. Now that's a proper troll. Good job!
  28. Bobby the K from Dreadnaught, ON, Canada writes: ~

    I thought this was a great piece.
    Very funny, and I hope the 'I Ruby' thing catches on.
  29. leo bloom from radisson, sask, canada, Canada writes: For The Author's Dog - 'Reading this makes me want to become a writer, if she can make a career at it, then anyone can, and I need a job.'...Judging by the jam and the juice of your post, here's a free bit of advice: No you shouldn't...No they can't...Tim's is always hiring.
  30. Howard Beale from Canada writes: On reading the above posts, one gets the impression that a new batch of detainees has been ordered to stay up late to slay the messenger.
  31. leo bloom from radisson, sask, canada, Canada writes: Aw shucks Dog - yer makin' me blush...
  32. Jake Scott from Toronto, Canada writes: nice Blatch...so let me understand this...somebody actually pays you to sit on your butt with your dog watching TV to write this? where do I apply for that job :-)
  33. Linda Price from Canada writes:

    Gawd! This is the first Blatchford piece I've read all the way through because I actually liked it! The very first....

    And then I come here; how should I feel now?
  34. The Author's Dog from Canada writes: @ leo bloom from radisson: That works with the semicolon as written. Anyway, my trolling has always been too subtle. Thanks for shallowing it up, dude.
  35. Eddy Bean from Canada writes: ... .. its good that all the old farts have gone to bed now so we shouldnt get any more 'should have been done with a typewriter' comments.. phew.. btw all the sausages have been ordered so no more left sorry...
  36. leo bloom from radisson, sask, canada, Canada writes: Dude? Wow! That's snappy....
  37. The Author's Dog from Canada writes: Thanks! It's short for Dedalus.
  38. Kent Blaker from rock Creek, Canada writes: When people say that Ruby is beautiful they are only looking at the surface. I have always thought that when you look a little deeper than the surface, her uglyness shows up. Ruby is not what she seems.
  39. M C from Canada writes: I hope that in the future people can avoid Ms. Blatchford's articles. This can't be good for your intelligence.
    This is truly the worst article I have read in the G&M. Her attempts at irony and attempted use of metaphors took away a piece of me that I'll likely never get back.
  40. sev man from Canada writes: not up to your usual quality. Very poorly written article. Granted you have to write a couple of these a week, a daunting task for sure, but this particular piece was not your best. Looking forward to seeking you pick it up a couple of notches. cheers.
  41. W L from Canada writes: All 3 parties here needs some punishment for their actions. Ruby Dhalla for knowingly hiring and abusing illegal workers (fine her $50K, jail her for 2 years and do not pay her MP pensions). The illegal workers for working illegally (kick them out of Canada and ban them from entering Canada again). And Blatchford for poor writing (send her back to grade school or demote her to writing for the Toronto Star).
  42. one thinker from Canada writes: I'm glad i wasn't the only one who had trouble following this article from top to bottom. If i give the benefit of the doubt to the writer i would say she was trying to imitate someone who has english as a second language.
  43. T L from Vancouver, Canada writes: How dare Ruby refer to herself in the third person. Everybody knows such usage is exclusively reserved for superstar wrestlers. That said, combining the first and third person in the same reference to oneself so as to appear fully apprised of one's legal position is freakin' awesome (save it for the affadavit I, Ruby Dhalla). Throw in an unearned 'Dr.' and you've got a character that would bring Randy 'the Macho Man' to tears. Thanks Christie for deflating this clown.
  44. leo bloom from radisson, sask, canada, Canada writes: Oh you sneaky old Dog, you! You do dig them bones Dublin-deep, eh? Touche!
  45. Andrew MacLeod from Ottawa, Canada writes: I canceled my subscription too the G&M last month when I moved. I was thinking of restarting it but this awful piece just convinced me otherwise. Why would I pay good money to use up good paper if this is what they see fit to print these days?

    Not to mention Leah McLaren. Ugh. What a tired, worn-out newspaper.
  46. Greg M from Canada writes: I liked the 'I, Ruby' bit, but the rest of the article was dull tripe: aimless, rambling, not funny at all. Better luck next time, Christie. And your little dog, too!(_I_) pffft
  47. Fake Name From Mission from Mission, B.C., Canada writes: I agree with several of the other comments. The drivel on the dog was pointless as was the article in total. I actually had to read it a couple of times to figure it out. It wasn't funny, it wasn't satire. It was just....badly written. I'm finding the same trend in several of the G&M writers. Is it something in the water cooler at the office?
  48. Riban Rudogrunt from Ottawa, Canada writes: So, we have maybe three or four people commenting here under different names? Pointless. Just like the subject, and the article. Bread and circuses.
  49. David Beckman from Toronto, Canada writes: When I listen to Christie Blatchford on the radio, I can only respect and admire her intelligence. Absolutely, she's a very sharp lady, way more educated and smarter than me.

    Yet I too struggled with her article. I didn't quite understand the parallel between her and her dog, and Ruby Dhalla and her caregivers. Was there a criticism in there or...?

    Is it that Ruby Dhalla is supposed to be the dog, and the caregivers Christie Blatchford, or Christie Blatchford like all women, and Ruby Dhalla like Christie Blatchford, or are all politicians regular people, and all journalists caregivers, or is Christie Blatchford the farting dog?
  50. Will Henry from Canada writes: This article reads more like I Christie and has little to say about the issue. Were you imbibing while writing this?
  51. Paul Clausier from Canada writes: I Paul Clausier am not a flatulating canine...I am a human being!
    That makes as much sense as this pathetic article. Bonne Nuit Christie... time to turn out the lights!
  52. one thinker from Canada writes: Riban Rudogrunt from Ottawa, Canada writes: So, we have maybe three or four people commenting here under different names?

    Aren't you being a little paranoid ?
  53. Carolyn Debnam from Toronto, Canada writes:
    Isn't it just too bad..people don't 'get' this article.
    After all, it isn't full of $50 words and eloquencies so cumbersome you have one of her doggie farts before you finish the sentence.

    Well done Blatchford.. you can write circles around any of these constipated grumblers on here..

    ~
  54. JW Stobbe from Calgary, Canada writes: What is this article about? It is painful to read. I cannot even tell what the writer is trying to say.

    Please re-write. Think about how the reader feels, please? Can you do that?
  55. Alberta Marlowe from Halifax, Canada writes: Dear Christie,

    You're starting to write like Lynn Crosbie. Except for the dog, which I for one am tired of.
  56. Ob Server from Canada writes: I Ob Server, conclude that in politics, truth is irrelevant. What counts is what you can get away with and still keep your job, perks and some semblance of self-respect.

    Is it any wonder politicians rank at the bottom when it comes to 'Trust'...?? Only an idot would trust anything coming out of those mouths.

    'I Ruby'....how stupid and hopeless did she sound in her cocky monologue??

    In God we trust, politicians get the cash....
  57. The Author's Dog from Canada writes: Gaudete!
  58. Voice Of Reason from Toronto, Canada writes: I never thought I would say this in a million years but say it I must: stick to crime reporting, Christie. Even thought you're awful at it - and you're appearance on Steve LeDrew's CP24's gig was embarassing - we take it for what it is. This one is more approporiate for your your dog's litter box.
  59. LGTORONTO G. from Toronto, Canada writes: this article IS interesting, and is written more like a literary piece, you have to read it twice to figure it out. So this is what I got from the anology:

    1. Ruby is to the caregivers as christie blatchford is to her dog (i.e. Christie is the master of the home and the dog, akin to Ruby being the master of her home and the caregivers.

    2. Ruby is arguing that her 'dogs' (i.e. the caregivers) were treated with love and compassion, and as equals with the master, I Ruby herself. Christie expesses how people sometimes treat their dogs with love and comassion BUT...

    3. Christie is ultimately expressing how ludicrous this juxtaposition is because, we all know that the master-dog relationship (no matter how well we treat our dogs) is still a master-dog relationship that is despicable to replicate in the I Ruby, caregiver relationship.

    4. Final verdict: The truth is - Ruby is a despicable self-centered person who is trying to argue that she treated her slaves like we treat our dogs with 'love and compassion' BUT that such an argument is ludicrous!

    That's my take, I wonder if this is what Christie meant????
  60. Alberta Marlowe from Halifax, Canada writes: Perhaps Obie's flatulence is a statement on the downhill slide of his owner's writing skills. Maybe your dog is trying to tell you something, Christie.
    I only read your courtroom stuff now. The rest isn't worth it. I certainly regret the time I took to read this. I think I'll go off now and read something better.
  61. Michelle P from Edmonton, Canada writes: To all of you who say her writing style is just too advanced for those of us who find it unintelligible: a relevant comic for you!

    http://xkcd.com/169/
  62. leo bloom from radisson, sask, canada, Canada writes: I'm so long in the dark wake that it seems I'm always Waiting for Gaudette... Thanks Dog - I'll sleep like a dear old dirty flatlander now. Peace.
  63. View Finder from TO, Canada writes: Specious article written with a poison pen and a doggie bag.

    Why I no longer subscribe to the Globe because of their annoying editorializing.

    Woof!
  64. Cassey Villa from Saskatoon, Canada writes: To North of 49, I don't agree with your opinion!
  65. True Conservative in the West from Canada writes:
    daniel stewart from kelligrews, Canada writes: You can accuse Christie Blatchford of a lot--and people do; but not of bad writing.

    Posted 12/05/09 at 9:29 PM EDT

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    It's bad writing...not only that, it's bad writing masking a personal agenda.

    Blatchy, dunno what's in your past, but try and not to embed your own feelings and experiences while describing another persons story...and to top it off, doing this while trying to cleverly write in an analogous style. Pathetic.
  66. Hmmmer ? from Canada writes: Michelle P from Edmonton, Canada writes: To all of you who say her writing style is just too advanced for those of us who find it unintelligible: a relevant comic for you!

    http://xkcd.com/169/

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    Very excellent!

    LOL
  67. Yellow Cat from Caledon, Canada writes: Why does Canada have a program like this anyway? Doesn't make sense to have one.
  68. Patrick Hannaford from St. John's, Canada writes: Ms. Blatchford's column is like the peace of God. ' It surpasseth all understanding '
  69. Sask Resident from Regina, Canada writes: Very funny Christie Blatchford, but do you realize that most didn't get it?

    But can we all agree that a parliamentary committee is the worst place to carry out a witch hunt? It would be an OK place to look at policy but a lousy place for anything requiring a verdict or a decision. Look at all the answers that came out of the parliamentary committee investigating Mulroney, and the German got to stay as well.

    Also a good place for politicians to call each other names, or, in Ruby's case, call herself I.
  70. C R from Canada writes: Wow. One thing is for sure, Christie Blatchford sure doesn't know how to raise a dog. Talk about bad dog behavior.
  71. robert thomson from Victoria, Canada writes: After months of reading comments and the temptation to leave my own, I finally signed up today after reading what I consider one of the worst articles ever in the Globe. This article provides no new insight, information or anything of value.
  72. Susan Rogan from Canada writes: Christie: Good article, I laughed and had fun reading it. Thanks!
  73. Johnny Tokyo from Bangkok, Thailand writes: The recent submissions of both iRuby & Blatch f*rt were dreadful pieces of self-focused nonsense. In grossly exaggerating the importance of their personal minutiae, these two self-regarding public figures demonstrate common traits would best be kept secret. May I suggest a luncheon at 21 McGill ?
  74. Somewhere in GTA from Canada writes: Hey North of 49 from ladysmith, Canada your comment about white Canadians is a little inappropriate and borders on racism if not outright so, but it's probably true and funny anyway!! Being a Indo-Canadian I don't know if I should get offended or roll on the floor and laugh. Great material for Russell Peters along the lines of his 'Somebody gonna get hurt' routine.

    Though I disagree that white Canadians are liberals, look at the number of white people vs non-white in the Conservative ranks (in Canada and the US) in proportion to the other party. And both major parties do not have proportional racial representation, based on the general population they're both predominantly white.

    As to the arcticle itself, it was hilarious, the rest of you commentators need to lighten up, this is funny and gets the point across.

    The writer should do something about that dog, if it's biting him/her at the ankles. Give it to a non-white person and see what they do to a mis-behaving dog. Pork dumplings anyone?
  75. The Angry Left from Canada writes: This has to be the most farcical excuse for a Parliamentary hearing ever. Not worth commenting on. (That's not to say that Dhalla is innocent of all wrongdoing, she was dumb not to have brought this to the ethics committee sooner), but this is a really dumb excuse for a hearing.
  76. Carl Burton from Nanaimo, Canada writes: Grrrr growwwlB
  77. Carl Burton from Nanaimo, Canada writes: What a lot of meaningless drivel. And I mean not only the article Blatchford wrote but the crap that has been written about the article. It as I guess a sad attempt at humour but it went over like a horrendous PPPhhhhhhhTTTTT !!
  78. Elizabeth Montgomery from Calgary from Canada writes: 'Somewhere in GTA' your comment about the dog is right on the money. Anytime your dog is even sniffing the calves of any human, you should discipline him and make him stop at once.
    It's very frequently a serious preliminary to real biting. Dogs like that aren't the brightest, but as you say, they recognize pork dumplings on the hoof.

    Nipping the calves? That dog owner needs to really read up on what carnivores are. At least keep the mutt away from other people's calves, even if you want to offer up your own drumsticks.
  79. Elizabeth Montgomery from Calgary from Canada writes: This is what I get for staying up late reading comments after an article.

    The comments are far more entertaining, much more witty and incisive than anything Blatchford has written. They're getting to be better and better as time goes on - keep it up and I'll end up being proud to be a Canadian.

    Maybe we could start spelling bees again, and word games - like the BBC used to have!!! Maybe we could become a smarter society again, like we used to be. Maybe our national IQ will come up again since it's slipped to an average below the US.

    Could it be - could it be that the Ignatieff Effect is vibrating out past Parliament's gothic walls, where the inhabitants have been civil and polite ever since Iggy took over as Liberal leader? Wow.

    I think this is a scream:

    LGTORONTO G. from Toronto, Canada writes: this article IS interesting, and is written more like a literary piece, you have to read it twice to figure it out.

    A literary piece. ROFLMAO!!! So does this mean that literature has to be hard to figure out, and has to be read 3 times? Where does that leave Richard Brautigan? Or Margaret Laurence? Last time I read their work, I found I only had to read it once to get it.

    My rule of thumb is, that if I have to re-read a magazine piece more than once, to get clarity -- the writing is lousy.
  80. John E. Boy from Vancouver, Canada writes: John Hiebert from Winnipeg, from which bathroom stall do you edit your material? I will have to search out more of your rants. Why does Blatch's writing anger you so? I find you and most poster's here to be quite strange indeed. Find a couch and lighten up. It helps to talk about these things.
  81. Tee Kay from Vancouver, Canada writes: Blatchford = Nancy Grace

    An embarrassment to the Globe.
  82. y meier from Canada writes: I also rarely read comments on G&M articles, but like some of the above posters, I was hoping one or two comments would help shed light on what this author was trying to say.

    I still have absolutely no idea what one is supposed to glean from this piece.

    I'm still looking for a good article discussing all the facts pertaining to the Ruby affair.
  83. james c from Canada writes: people who claim the G&M is the worst paper on earth, the writers terrible.... can't understand the articles.

    yet those making these claims.... their names appear all over these readers comments threads. The G&M may be the worst paper on the planet (in your opinion) but the fact that you keep reading the stories and commenting on them says more about you !!!
  84. james c from Canada writes: The One who knows from Canada writes: Ahem? Globe and Mail?
    The consensus of the posters here is that Christie Blatchford cannot write. I concur. She has made her career by writing nasty puff pieces primarily for the Toronto Sun, and I guarantee she will not increase your circulation amongst the somewhat more thoughtful Globe readers.
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    if a random sampling of the reader's comments on various threads on this site are examples of 'the somewhat more thoughtful Globe readers' then I submit the IQ level of said readers isn't too high and 'nasty puff pieces' would be right up their alley.
  85. Josh Taylor from Dublin, Canada writes: What is this article about? What does the dog have to do with this? If I wrote something like this I would be sacked.
  86. R R from GTA, Canada writes: Wayyyyy too sarcastic. I guess the intention is good but why does it make me feel like I just got slapped in the face?
  87. Marionetta M from In the country, Canada writes: Dhalla is a dulla...rd. I couldn't believe it when I watched the thing. Yeah, I believe ya honey. You're so hard done by, and put upon because well, you're so beautiful and so....entitled because of your beauty and wily feminine ways. A younger version of 'Absolutely Fabulous'.

    At least Obie gets real and leaves little scat presents around just because. Just because that what dogs do, not because he thinks he's so...special.

    Seriously, folks, it's satirical. Funny. And meant to be so. Thanks Blatch. Loved it.
  88. The Angry Left from Canada writes: I think the article was of appropriate tone and quality for the subject it's covering, which is a circus and a farce to begin with.
  89. Lana Tam from Canada writes: If Mulroney himself brought up AIRBUS -- now he can be questioned about it? Wasn't that the elephant in the room?
  90. mynalee johnstone from ganges,bc, Canada writes: Thank God I live in a different province and won't have to be this woman's caregiver and pickup after her pooch.
  91. Southside Guy from Edmonton, Canada writes: Thank you Christie Blatchford for writing such a horrible article we all forgot who is Ruby Dhalla.

    For those five people here who said they loved the article, don't kid yourselves. Saying, 'I love the article! Very funny, Christie', without providing further critique proves you are a quasi-intellectual.
  92. gilles monenemie from Canada writes: I Gilles monenemie think the article appropriate, I gilles monenemie have too picked dung from dog and visited india and seen the class wars. Filipinos are proud people, they only take so much dung from master before they fling it back in face. As a result I Ruby now wears new perfume with distinct odour and will have a difficult time scrubbing off that scent.
  93. paul coulter from kincardine, Canada writes: Always entertaining to watch predatory politicians disembowel one of their own. In this case, self-inflicted. However, on a cosmic signifigance scale this is a pretty small fart. The dogs contribution got it right in the first place.
  94. Steve St-Laurent from Vancouver, Canada writes: Simply dreadful writing. Author and publisher should both be embarrassed. I regret wasting time reading it. Life has no rewind; those two minutes are gone forever. My sympathies to the dog.
  95. Joel Banks from Halifax, Canada writes: What is the point of this rambling article, which has no enlightenment for readers?
  96. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: Mary Walsh's character of Marg Delahunt is really Christie Blanchford.

    Picturing, I Christie Blanchford, sprawled on her couch is 'mental torture.'
  97. Hugh Andrew from Canada writes: Ruby is just another victem of the disgusting Ottawa politic that seeks to find any excuse, real or imagined, to kill and gut their opposition. Canadians must wonder why successful, capable person would become an MP. Service to one's country is not worth being trashed at every opportunity. Those who do step forward live to experience the worst that can be personally experienced. Sadly, destroying anyone with opposing views rather than focus on developing intelligent debate and solutions to benefit Canada is the norm. Few MP could withstand having their history and human failings spread across the press in a derrogatory manner.

    Our political parties continue to be our shame.
  98. Levap K from Canada writes: After reading through many comments, it is very easy to surmise what an irreparable damage television watching does to our nation. Most of the readers are unable to read and comprehend the written and to decode sarcasm. It is above their mental means. It is similar to an effort how to distinguish commercial from television program. They are so very close to each other. It is beyond their capacity.
    Blatchford's article was too long for them! There is no patience to read. It has to be similar to a commercial spot on television. It is no wonder that I..., I..., Sorry I forgot what I was going to say. Until the next time I..., I .......
  99. Kat Wilson from Canada writes: I have to agree with the commenters who are appalled at the writing in this column. It is truly dreadful. Maybe Blatchford was having an off day when she threw this together, but where was the editor? Or do columnists not have to run their drafts by editors?

    I'm generally not a fan of Blatchford because she tends toward melodrama and sensationalism, and occasionally a kind of sickening sentimentality. She doesn't move or inspire me at all.
  100. Lorna Poole from Canada writes: Thank you all for making me laugh.
    I'm a highly intelligent and well educated woman who 'gets' irony and couldn't figure this article out from the second paragraph. There's comfort being among the masses.

    'Picturing, I Christie Blanchford, sprawled on her couch is 'mental torture.' ' - now that's funny writing.
  101. thirtyeight * from Canada writes: It's who you know, not what. Otherwise, Blatchford's gibberish wouldn't make it into the Rouyn-Noranda Press.
  102. Kim Philby from Canada writes: Southside Guy: saying this is a horrible article without providing any further critique proves you are a quasi-intellectual (whatever that is).

    I, Ruby. Wasn't that a story by Isaac Asimov?

    Anyway, Christie, that was funny stuff, and I believe your pooch gave the most succinct comment on politicians from his hind quarters.
  103. Kat Wilson from Canada writes: The One who knows from Canada writes: Please banish [Blatchford] to the National Post if they will still have her.

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    To Blatchford's credit, I believe she willingly left the NP after it summarily fired its liberal journalists as part of a makeover that turned the Post into the Canadian equivalent of Fox News.

    (I dunno, but not being fired by the NP would have offended me, considering what that paper's become: a forum for rabid Republican wingnuts. The only part of that paper I read anymore is the Financial Post.)

    I agree with you CB is more suited for tabloid fare, though.
  104. Kat Wilson from Canada writes: 'willingly left' may give the impression the Post asked her to leave. I'm pretty sure they didn't.

    I should have said 'quit'.
  105. Johnny Tokyo from Bangkok, Thailand writes: I was gonna write something else here, you know, a double dip, but my mom told me once, 'Even if the dog does fart, after you crack that second bottle of Chardonnay, quit posting.' So, like, does this count?
  106. Zack Fair from Canada writes: On James C to The One Who Knows. You beat me to it. Concur.
  107. MW 123 from Canada writes: The point is: This is a Harper smear job on the Liberals to divert attention from the real sleeze going on this week. Mulroney and O'Brien. Bags of money and election bribery vs. nannies. Get real.
  108. Tiberius Oderint dum probent from Canada writes: I fell asleep reading this and could not make it through.
  109. Shawn Bull from Canada writes: I love Christies articles. She is a great reporter. I Shawn Bull enjoyed the article very much.
  110. Johnny Tokyo from Bangkok, Thailand writes: MW 123 from Canada is absolutely right, of course. Tories at every level of government could always depend on Blatchford to obfuscate any real focus on what they really stand for. My very fave Blatchford-ism was her giddy declaration of secret libidinous urges towards George W. Bush. No kidding, it's back there somewhere. Where are the real journo's these days ?? Oh yeah. Ari Fleischer and David Frumm soon playing from a cubicle near you. Wake up folks ;-)
  111. Brian Havelock from Winnipeg, Canada writes: I used to have a teacup poodle who slept right next to me in bed so I can relate to the analogy Ms. Wente is attempting to portray. Whatever the flaws of Mr. Mulroney or Ms. Dhalla I see this article as being reflective of us all.

    If we are looking for absolute truth in any of these proceedings I think we will be sadly disappointed.
  112. Ed Flynn from Saint John, Canada writes: Watched some of the hearing on TV at the gym. What was up with I Ruby (admit it, kinda funny) referring to everyone on a first name basis?
  113. James Meatball from Niagara Falls, Canada writes: Christie is usually good for bathos (yes, I spelled it write -- look it up) but she's not so good on irony. (This IS supposed to be ironic, right?) I just don't get it. Christie, your point is what, exactly?
  114. tablogloid sadmanwhosane from Toronto, Canada writes: Farting dog references aside, I find it incredible that a parliamentary committee had to be convened to hear depositions about a housekeeping squabble. As a Canadian taxpayer, I feel that our political system is being turned into another banal infotainment show wasting our time and money.
  115. Ground Working from Canada writes: This article was poorly written and conceived, but everyone in the writing world is entitled to an off-day, even if it comes at the cost of vicious comments from pseudo-literates and their caps-lock mashing compatriots.

    In her defense, it isn't easy to write a story about a rich politician who claims to be being oppressed by poor, immigrant care-givers. To whoever said 'the truth lies somewhat in between': you obviously didn't see the testimony.
  116. sean paul from Canada writes: i don't think christie is fond of i ruby. i christie believes i ruby is guilty as charged by her accusers. i christie thinks it would be a great hoot to take a couple of swipes at i ruby and i the jury would eat it up like her farting dog sharing i christie's dinner. i sean have to agree with i christie. i sean thinks i ruby should say i emoutta here. bye, i ruby.
    cross the floor. i stevie accepts anything leaving the lpc.
    i ruby will be home at last.
  117. wert wert from 49, United States writes:
    Just wondering when we are going to hear:
    'I am not a crook!'
    That would provide much needed reassurance for the
    'innocent until proven guilty' crows.
  118. Kim Philby from Canada writes: What is it about this article that you find so hard to get? What a bunch of dull, unimaginative minds. Stick to the hockey stats on the sports page, if that's the limit of your conceptual reach.
  119. Ryan McNamara from Norfolk, writes: I've always enjoyed CB's columns but this one is just a little too out there.
  120. L M from Toronto, Canada writes: geez...reading that was the biggest waste of 5 minutes EVER. Badly written, petty article about a domestic issue. Sure RD is perhaps a little princess, but is there really nothing else going on this world that merits attention in the G&M. The intellectual substance of this newspaper is becoming abhorrent!
  121. Ontario Man from Canada writes: I OntarioMan think that the truth is not out on Ruby Dhalla. What we heard was two completely contradictory versions of events.

    I OntarioMan am proplexed how the author of this article came to some of her conclusions.
  122. david ackerman from TORONTO, Canada writes:
    Love you Christie- Canada's best columnist! Always interesting always engaging. David
  123. Rene Jamieson from Canada writes: While Ms Blatchford has written some excellent pieces in the past this latest effort falls short of the mark. I, for one, do not find it ironic, merely bitchy. Ms Blatchford is obviously contemptuous (and probably jealous) of 'drop-dead gorgeous' Ruby Dhalla, but to portray her, before all the evidence is in, as a self-serving she-devil who maltreats the hired help is unfair. Moreover, using an op-ed piece to castigate Ms Dhalla - again, before all the evidence is in - shows a poor judgement and a want of taste on the part of the Globe and Mail. As a previous poster commented, the truth most likely lies somewhere in between Ms Dhalla's version of events and that of her two accusers. Most of us have character flaws of one kind or another, all of us feel that we are justified in our behaviour - even those of us who behave innapropriately on occasion. For goodness sake, G&M, wait until the hearings are finished before unleashing your op-ed bull terriers to gleefully assassinate characters or give their own slanted take on events. Ms Blatchford's column today was nothing more than gossip and I expect more than that from a respected newspaper and from a writer who is capable of much better work than this. I'm not surprised that Ms Blatchford's chosen canine companion is a bull terrier. I am surprised, however, that her domestic menage doesn't include a cat!
  124. Michael Leblanc from Canada writes: What a drag - I enjoy Blatchford's no-holds-barred writing and I eagerly looked forward to this article after reading the caption..............but alas. There is a time for (in this case weak) irony, and there is a time for intense ournalistic analysis,,,,the latter should have been the case here. The 'I Ruby' thing was a good start................a few more re-writes and it could have been great. Not to worry, I'm sure old Christie will have more to say about the matter soon.
  125. Greg Van Zandt from Canada writes: Liberal shrills don't like the message so they bash the messenger.

    “I think Ruby made a vigorous defence of her integrity, her honour and her treatment of these – the people in her employ.”

    -Micheal Ignatieff

    People in her employ???? I though they were not employed by her? These liars better get their stories straight.
  126. D. Hall from Canada writes: This is an appalling piece of 'work'.
  127. M.J. B from Canada writes: Mike Vandelay from Anytown, Canada writes: This article is terribly written. The author has chosen to have us read ridiculous dribble about her dog rather than try to write a proper article based on the facts. Where does the G&M find these incompetent writers?
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    totally agree. I couldn't finish the article- terrible writer. why can we not just get facts? maybe hear from the caregivers and not the dog analogies.
  128. D. Grant W from Saskatoon, Canada writes: Maybe it was a transcription error in her speech, instead of 'I Ruby Dhalla' it was meant to read 'Ruby Dhalla I'
  129. Donald Redhorse from TAMPA BAY, United States writes: Most of the comments reflect that you folks have an abundance of time on their hands. The opinion of the Blatchford piece depends on your personal bias.
    Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Doucet are now exposed to the world as exactly what they are, were and did. Regardless of criminal allegations, if you lay down with fleas you don't always find a dog.
    DR
  130. B Burt from Canada writes: This column is completely indecipherable. I have simply no idea what Blatchford is trying to communicate here.
  131. D. Armstrong from London, Canada writes: CB - normally you're right on; however, this particular article was incoherent. And get to a dog trainer, any dog that nips its owner needs some severe re-training. What are you going to do when it nips some kid? That will be a costly affair.
  132. mike sty the Coalition Centrist from Canada writes:
    Wow G&M........you keep reconstituting the Dhalla story with comments open yet keep the Mulroney CONservative Airbus Scandal and Baird/Reynolds/Findley municipal election interference closed.

    Why ????????????????????????//

    G&M = COnservative friendly media.
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    The prosecution alleges that Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien had or pretended to have influence with the federal Conservative government in order to induce a political opponent to quit the 2006 mayoral race.

    The federal appointment allegedly was to be arranged through senior members of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government.

    The Crown named both John Baird, then Treasury Board president, and Mr. Harper's campaign chair John Reynolds as contacts that Mr. O'Brien claimed to induce
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    John Baird will be busy in court today with his criminal CONservative bagmen , John Reynolds and Doug Findley for there part in election interference in the Ottawa municipal election.

    What is it about CONservatives and illegal fraudulent elections ????

    Why is it that comments always CLOSED for CONservative crooks ???

    Mulroney airbus scandal...........CLOSED

    CONservative municipal election interference .....CLOSED

    G & M = CONservative friendly media.
  133. Auroran Bear from Montreal, Canada writes: boring.....
  134. Gtown Boy from Canada writes: What utter tripe and rubbish, someone needs to be put out to pasture and it is not the 'gorgeous' Ruby. Time for you to go Christie!
  135. Will Partridge from Canada writes: I think Christie Blatchford is one of the most talented writers I've ever seen in a newspaper. I also think this is one of her worst columns. It feels like a very rushed first draft. Someone should have edited the self-indulgent stuff about her dog, along with a good deal of the childish sarcasm. She's best when she just sticks to the facts and makes her case.
  136. Tom Kaberle from writes: My Head Hurts............... OMG .......... I tried.... I really tried to read this article...... I got half way and had to quit......... my head hurts trying to figure out what on earth the author is talking about............ To the GLOBE and MAIL......... if this article isn't grounds for firing... I don't know what is.............. I need a tylenol
  137. Ed D from Canada writes: I think I'll give Christie a break on this atricle - at least she has a better track record than Ruby.
  138. B W from Canada writes: maybe I'm feeling slow this morning...but what was CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD's conclusion here? I usually like Ms. Blatchford's writing...but this one? I just don't get what she's going on about.
  139. M D from GTA, Canada writes: horribly stupid. i couldnt finish reading it
  140. sleazy Silvester from Canada writes: stupid article, found the Video testimony more telling. She kept lots of paper work probably something that the accusers didn't expect. If it looks fishy and smells fishy then there is probably something fishy going on, I would look at who gains the most from Liberal attacks and who is willing to stoop to low levels (the Cons, not all of them but the few with Machiavellian tendencies, I mean they did try to bribe a man dying of cancer). Many people will take this type of conspiracy as 'too much for the establishment to do' but within two years an Innocent Canadian has been tortured, that should show many that not all people in power have strong moral beliefs.
  141. Chris Halford from Ottawa, Canada writes: I Christie has written a biased and misleading column here. She goes on about I Ruby but speaks respectfully of Mr Kenney and Mr Mulroney. Does she not realise that we are at the stage where the caregivers are alleging some stuff months after the fact and Ms Dhalla is claiming a different set of circumstances? There has been no investigation and no fact checking, this is simply a political opinion piece from I Christie. Jason Kenney has waded into this issue because of its convenient political timing. It's very interesting that this is brewing away just as the CPC releases its first wave of attack ads against Ignatieff. It has nothing to do, of course, with the way the polls are going. As to that poor Mr Mulroney still struggling to clear his name after all these years, his government was one of the most troubled in living memory as his MPs and cabinet ministers were forced to resign in one scandal after another. Mr Mulroney is a lawyer and a long-time political operative, he knows well enough not to accept cash-stuffed envelopes in hotel rooms. He also claimed to have no business dealings with Karl-Heinz Schreiber during his law suit against the federal government which resulted in him being awarded over $2 million of taxpayer money. Ms Blatchford appears to be yet another CPC shill.
  142. Big Dan from Toronto, Canada writes: Christie, have no clue what you going on about. What drivel.....
  143. jomo wanjala from Regent Park, Canada writes: Another racist attack on a successfull woman of color. White people can't accept that the new Canada is multicultural, and we are bringing our culture here, like it or leave it. Dhalla should not have to justify the caste system to a bunch of white namby pambys.
  144. Spud Lite from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada writes: We all know that this episode will fall behind a radiator somewhere, not to be seen again until the house is demolished.

    It would have been better if the leaden sarcasm had been left under the blotter for one of the very few articles that is likely to be written about the situation, and the actual plight of the caregivers could be given some exposure, especially in this grand Old Lady of a newspaper.

    Who among us has not encountered immigrants who came to this country for all of the right reasons, and have fallen into the hands of rapacious, demanding employers who are indifferent to the people standing before them, looking for direction, and a reasonable return for their efforts.

    Frankly, the people who come to this country, who play the game, who want to pursue a reasonable facsimile of the 'Canadian experience' are the first to be sent back home once their work visas run out.

    Get into trouble with the law, get involved in shootouts, robberies - in short, come under the scrutiny of our legal system - and you can stay here for years, on bail, with public funding, awaiting trial, exercising appeal after appeal.

    Is there any sense to any of this baloney?
  145. The Work Farce from Canada writes: And your point, Ms. Blatchford, is?...You're unsure which side in this conflict is right, but you love your dog's effluence more than an ethnic Liberal politician and care about your dog's effluence more than a pair of faceless foreign migrant caregivers?

    Canadians are well aware that compassion for the persecuted and the exploited is no longer a Canadian value.

    You're privileged to put it in these rather offensive terms, Ms. Blatchford, but, hey, you would have been well-advised to keep it to yourself.
  146. Eric Williams from Canada writes: It took me a while to get through the first part of this rumbling article, however, by the end I did have a smile on my face. Now, if Christie could only learn to write in less rambling, introspective way, I might actually read her articles on a regular basis.
  147. Menachim Goldblatt from VANCOUVER, Canada writes: i read the g&m online. to bad,i did not purchase the printed edition. i could have cut it up in squares and keep same on a nail in the washroom for later use.
    dhalla or not dhalla, the investigation should concentrate on where those NANNYS employed lagally. is somebody hired to watch children at the same time a geriatric care giver? where the papers for the nannys in order before they started? it would be interesting to see dhallas incometax filings in order to determine if 'I R.DHALLA did not pay for ANY SERVICES'.
    if the nannys worked hrs.outside their regular shedule,they certainly should be paid for. on the other hand i can see nothing wrong with 'domestics' wash the floors and toilets.
  148. Chris Halford from Ottawa, Canada writes: Menachim Goldblatt from VANCOUVER

    It would be nice to know answers to all kinds of questions about this affair but we're not going to get it from the posters here and we certainly didn't get any new information from Ms Blatchford's snide article.
  149. albert rose from Canada writes: Hilarious. 'I Ruby Dhalla' bla bla bla. Conspiracy my left nut. Those nannies couldn't conspire their way out of a paper bag. Dhalla is an idiot, and evidently obnoxious. As for her good looks, well, that's in the eye of the beholder. Nobody looks good when they're lying badly.

    If the good Indians of Brampton must elect one of their own, can't they do better than this? Is Ruby the pinnacle of talent in their community? Funny thing this business of electing along ethnic lines at all costs.
  150. albert rose from Canada writes: If Ms. Blatchford is reading, I would suggest that sleeping with a dog is disgusting. As a longtime dog owner, I have from time to time seen things come out of dog orifices, both anterior and posterior, that I'd rather forget, let alone imagine in a bed.
  151. Anarandan Ananda from Vancouver, Canada writes: Lies, lies everywhere, propaganda and distraction at the taxpayer costs. Mulroney (what a horrible PM, remember OKA and how he disappeared, suffering of Nixon disease?) Oh got love the propaganda machine and the distractions that keep people from going to the streets and demand that government govern and stop dithering with the economy in shambles.

    In order to distract and confused and have everyone busy with nonsense you need to write like Blanchard does. How many of you spent time trying toi understand this piece of s*&6 ?

    Got love stupidity. LOL
  152. Canadian Dentist from Baltimore, United States writes: Agreed this article is hardly readable. And what's up with the 'I Rudy' thing? Is this some sort of rhetorical device used by older people to indicate the person holds themself in high-esteem? I'm an educated, well-read, 27 year old, and the whole 'I' thing confused me. Every time the author used 'I' again I winced. Had to re-read a couple of sentences to understand them, didn't make it half-way through. Christie, have somebody read your work next time before you put it up on the site. Thx.
  153. Gay O'Leary from Toronto, Canada writes: Christy ........and your point is ?????? I have no clue as to the purpose of this article .... the parts about our dog was stupid and BORING! Do you have an opinion as the title of your article implies?
  154. The Mckenzie Brothers from Canada writes: Bow your heads Ruby Dhalla is in the house!
  155. Louis Friend from Surrey, Canada writes: Mike Witcher from Montreal, Canada writes: However, many Canadians clearly think Ms. Dhalla is guilty of a heinous crime; being rich and able to afford house keepers.

    No, many Canadians think that Ms. Dhalla may be guilty of treating her hired help like sh_t and thinking that she has nothing to answer for. That she may view her lofty position as an MP as some sort of 'get out of jail free card' for behaving in a manner for which the rest of us would rightfully be held to account. That she has such little respect for her caregivers that she feels justified in assigning them duties that they ought reasonably expect would not fall withing their duties and responsibilities, and is pissed that she has to answer for that.
  156. Chris Halford from Ottawa, Canada writes: albert rose from Canada writes: Hilarious. 'I Ruby Dhalla' bla bla bla. Conspiracy my left nut. Those nannies couldn't conspire their way out of a paper bag. Dhalla is an idiot, and evidently obnoxious. As for her good looks, well, that's in the eye of the beholder. Nobody looks good when they're lying badly. ** Why did they come forward months after the fact? Just when the CPC is getting in bad shape in the polls against the Liberals and, lookie, here comes the first attack ad! Regarding looks, Blatchford obviously thinks Dhalla is good-looking - Rona Ambrose showed that it doesn't matter if you have no idea what's going on in your portfolio (or the PM is sticking his nose in). The government has some other good lookers too, it neither indicates incompetence nor competence. If the good Indians of Brampton must elect one of their own, can't they do better than this? Is Ruby the pinnacle of talent in their community? Funny thing this business of electing along ethnic lines at all costs. ** Sounds like your on dicey, racist grounds there buddy. I'd be surprised if there weren't other racial groups represented in Dhalla's riding. I'm sure the CPC has MPs of Indian descent too, are you going to question on what basis they were elected? You sound like Jacques Parizeau after he lost the referendum :)
  157. martha stewart from Canada writes: I agree. Why anyone would pay this writer for this mess is beyond me. This is incoherent fluff that sounds like it was written by someone with more problems than Justin Trudeau's mother. I assume that she must get paid by the word and that the G & M doesn't really care how they fill the space between the ads.
  158. p lailey from vancouver, Canada writes: Great article! Exposes the hypocricy of Dhalla alleging a smear campaign while at the same time smearing the reputation of the nannies and Jason Kenney. I thought it was also a nice touch when Dhalla mentioned the 60' TV. The nannies' situation sounds like paradise. I wonder why they would quit.
  159. Earl Anthony from Sudbury, Canada writes: Excuse my sexism but is Christie's dog a female?

    In reality, whether

    a) I Ruby's behaviour is similar to thatof a female terrier or not
    or
    b) Bryan Mulroney's post-prime ministerial behaiour is sordid or not
    both do not deserve the costs and rigors of yet another public enquiry.
  160. Chris Halford from Ottawa, Canada writes: Anarandan Ananda from Vancouver - Unfortunately, racism seems to be getting a new life in this country, particularly in the right-wing. From the last election, I remember a Calgary CPC candidate claiming that the crime in that city was due to the immigrants; Lawrence Cannon's assistent told the local Algonquin that they could come into the office if they were sober. Remember this when you vote in the next federal election - losing BC would be a big deal for Mr Harper and his buddies.
  161. Craig ! from Republic of Newfoundland, Canada writes: Robert Pan from GTA, Canada writes: I read three times and I still don't know what the hell this article is trying to say? Is the author trying to equate the nannies to a dog?! I am a university graduate, I usually have no problem reading news paper articles. If I am not stupid, then this article must be! Who is this author? Why is she writing an article which apparently a lot of people don't know what to make of? Why is G&M even bother to hire an airhead with such a schizophrenic article? Why don't you just keep on stroking your dog instead of writing stupid articles no one give a damn?

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    Robert, you should immediatly turn off your computer and run to that University you went to and ask for a refund. While you are at it ask them what they did to your sense of humour and common sense or was losing that a requirement for that superiour education.
  162. David Brooks from Toronto, Canada writes: Typical Blatchford. The usual terrible writing. I would very much encourage people to join the Facebook group 'Fire Christie Blatchford.' There are lots of enjoyable discussions about this abysmal 'writer.'
  163. J M M from Canada writes: Ruby Dhalla has an excessively high opinion of herself and it shows!!!
  164. Chris Halford from Ottawa, Canada writes: Canadian Dentist from Baltimore, United States writes: Agreed this article is hardly readable. And what's up with the 'I Rudy' thing? Is this some sort of rhetorical device used by older people to indicate the person holds themself in high-esteem? I'm an educated, well-read, 27 year old, and the whole 'I' thing confused me. Every time the author used 'I' again I winced. Had to re-read a couple of sentences to understand them, didn't make it half-way through. Christie, have somebody read your work next time before you put it up on the site. Thx.

    ** Blatchford is being sarcastic. The letter sent to the Commons committee on Ruby Dhalla's behalf, starts with 'I, Dr Ruby Dhalla ...'. The intent, I believe, was to make a statement that was formal/legal in nature. The neo-cons are choosing to portray it as Ms Dhalla being pompous.
  165. Mike Witcher from Montreal, Canada writes: Louis Friend,

    If I hire someone and tell them that their job description is to do whatever I ask them to do be it laundry, shoe shining, cooking or whatever, this is not mistreatment. This is a job.
    While you may find these things demeaning they are in actual fact just a job that people get paid to do. I would rather be a caregiver and shine shoes than clean out portable potties (which I did one summer. Ugggh, horrible job!). Is this too demeaning for a human to do? If I were an immigrant who cleaned the toilets of a rich and famous person would it be more degrading to you?
    Ms. Dhalla has not been convicted of anything yet everyone is casting stones. Why? Because people are jealous and want to see her fall for their own gratification.
  166. Chris Halford from Ottawa, Canada writes: p lailey from vancouver, Canada writes: Great article! Exposes the hypocricy of Dhalla alleging a smear campaign while at the same time smearing the reputation of the nannies and Jason Kenney. I thought it was also a nice touch when Dhalla mentioned the 60' TV. The nannies' situation sounds like paradise. I wonder why they would quit.

    ** It's an almost incoherent smear attempt. We don't have the facts yet.
  167. Peter Fulton from Vancouver, Canada writes: Worse than the paragraph sentences, the obscure observations, is that it is really not even funny or clever.
  168. Steve French from Windsor (Flint, North), Canada writes: In the good old days, uppity servants would be reminded of their place with a good beating from a hickory switch.
    And Blabsforth should stick to court reporting - she doesn't have the knack for humour.
  169. gilles monenemie from Montreal, Canada writes: The dog relationship was a fair and poignant metaphor. Anyone who has travelled in india understands how the indian elites treat the masses like dogs. The Filipino people have been downtrodden by the US and Spanish and you can believe that these two workers are not going to be humuliated by this attractive Indian lady politician who thinks she is something special. Its too bad the globe didn't let Christie loose to cook mulrooneys goose. i think she would have entitled it 'Lion Brian Roars No More'
  170. Sharon Cunningham from Burlington, Ontario, Canada writes: Excellent and fun article, Ms. Blatchford! Enjoyed it immensely!
  171. p lailey from vancouver, Canada writes: Chris Halford from Ottawa, Canada writes
    '** It's an almost incoherent smear attempt. We don't have the facts yet. '

    What additional facts are you expecting? It's a she said, she said situation where both parties are giving conflicting statements. Ultimately it comes down to credibility and whose story you believe.

    The attempt to smear Jason Kenney is, however, I agree an incoherent smear attempt by Dhalla and some Liberal supporters.
  172. 88 Fingers Louie from Canada writes: mike sty the Coalition Centrist from Canada writes:
    Wow G&M........you keep reconstituting the Dhalla story with comments open yet keep the Mulroney CONservative Airbus Scandal and Baird/Reynolds/Findley municipal election interference closed.

    Why ????????????????????????//
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    Looks like ole Sty is going to burst a vein. Sty why dont you take it up with the complaints department, but you better hurry up or you might find it ......CLOSED.
  173. Peter Lobo from Vancouver, Canada writes: Wow! What a silly case getting all this publicity. People are dying of hunger everyday and what we Canadian care about is some politician asked her nanny to clean her clinic and house.

    I dont see the issue here, Initially the nanny said she worked 18 hours everyday, than she reiterated and said Dhalla was away most of the week and nanny use to work 18 hours on weekends. Thats already reducing the hours by 50%. I don't see the issue if the family asked her to clean the house or asked for help with the clinic. I work in an Accountant firm we work 18 hours a day and dont get overtime. Sometime we also have to do more than just accounting.

    Now i am scared of hiring anyone from Phillipines as if i asked them to do something other than there job description they might take me to court.
  174. Kesuke Miyagi from Canada writes: Well done, Blatchford. Curiously cruel and eminently witty.

    It seems as if Ruby has been pampered and provided for her whole life - with many of her achievements having actually been bestowed upon her by generous benefactors.

    Now if only the 'rest of us' could have such a hard ride as Ruby Dhalla had in her meteoric rise.
  175. Craig ! from Republic of Newfoundland, Canada writes: Mike Vandelay from Anytown, Canada writes: This article is terribly written. The author has chosen to have us read ridiculous dribble about her dog rather than try to write a proper article based on the facts. Where does the G&M find these incompetent writers?

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    Mike I don't think this was meant to be a serious piece. As for your assertion where are the facts? The facts about Ms Blatchford's dog are more reliable then the facts that have been released in this case so far.

    Unless you consider accusing Jason Kenny of some vast conspiracy to be facts.

    You want the facts here they are.

    These women worked forthe Dhalla family.
    These women are accusing Ruby Dhalla of certain actions that they find inappropiate with their employmeny.

    Ruby Dhalla is denying that anything ever happened.

    Oh and the Dhallas provided the care givers with a big screen tv.
  176. Barbara L. from Montreal, Canada writes: Eye Sore from Dog Pound, Alberta, Canada writes: Doesn't anyone who whether there's any substance to the rumours out there that I Ruby Dhalla has included a provision in her will for her ego to be donated to the McGill University Medical Centre for further study? . . .

    I studied at McGill for almost a decade and I can tell you that this rumour is absolutely untrue. McGill doesn't have any facility which is large enough to accomodate an ego of this magnitude.
  177. Robert Pan from GTA, Canada writes: I read three times and I still don't know what the hell this article is trying to say? Is the author trying to equate the nannies to a dog?! I am a university graduate, I usually have no problem reading news paper articles. If I am not stupid, then this article must be! Who is this author? Why is she writing an article which apparently a lot of people don't know what to make of? Why is G&M even bother to hire an airhead with such a schizophrenic article? Why don't you just keep on stroking your dog instead of writing stupid articles no one give a damn?
  178. Christopher Manuel from Canada writes: What I am amazed at is the naivety of most of the people who have taken offense at what Dhalla has done. Even if she is guilty of everything that she is accused of, she has still done nothing wrong. There is a reason why so few maids and other help are foreign It is a tough and demeaning job. Why were they (the maids) surprised that they had to wait to eat until after their employers were finished? Do waiters sit down at a table and eat with their customers? As well, it is only logical that maids and cleaners stay up later than their employers. They must wait to clean up after them. This is usually reflected in their schedules (it is usually a split shift). As for cleaning the car or shoveling the snow, come on, if one is hired to clean, then they must clean.
    I am not saying that it is fair (the treatment hired help get) but it is the nature of the job. As well, I just want to clarify this to all the people who will be flaming this post, I am poor! I grew up poor. I am unemployed. It just so happened that I had an acquaintance who was wealthy and whose family had hired help (a bit of a case of Upstairs Downstairs). The experience was very interesting (and a bit uncomfortable). The employers were very fair and yet their staff complained when they were asked to do strenuous tasks (like carry groceries in from the car).
    Anyways, as some democrats in the south have questioned, in a time when we are at war, in the middle of the worst economic slump in close to eight decades and are threatened with a pandemic that has the potential of killing off a large percentage of the human race, why are we worried about such trivial things?
  179. Denis Pakkala from St. Catharines, Canada writes: Yes, it's satire and because it makes fun of Elitist Liberals, it really upsets Liberal supporters.

    Ann Coulter on the essence of being a Liberal:

    “The absolute conviction that there is one set of rules for you,
    and another, completely different set of rules for everyone else.”

  180. joe kelly from Canada writes: 'Confusing'? 'Poorly written'? It's actually quite funny. It's called sarcasm and irony. It is mocking the trash we are asked to swallow by our 'leaders'. She is enjoying the circus. The carnival show. The tears shed in the name of 'humanity'. It's actually one of her better pieces.
  181. John McEnroe from Canada, Canada writes: Same old diatribe from Blatchford. She likes Tories and hates Liberals. She is jealous of women being pretty. Ho-hum. I am surprised there were no pointed comments on her race. Typical for Christie. I'll never know why a credible organization like G&M hired her.
  182. joe kelly from Canada writes: The point is, I think, if our politicians can exist in a surreal parallel universe of 'reality' where words take on entirely new meanings --- then why can't she/we.
  183. Canadian Dentist from Baltimore, United States writes: Thank you Chris Halford for explaining. I've read the first paragraph again and understand the author's intent. Maybe if Ms. Blatchford hadn't started that first sentence with 'I' (referring to herself, Ms. Blatchford), and the sentence wasn't generally a huge run-on, I (CanadianDentist) would have gotten it as I was quickly reading the article in between patients and writing charts. (oop! I've created a run-on myself).
  184. Duncan Seward from Canada writes: I have been a long admirer of Christie Blatchford's work. I can't believe this article got pass the editing. I suppose we all have our off days, weeks, months...
  185. p lailey from vancouver, Canada writes: Peter Lobo from Vancouver, Canada writes
    'Now i am scared of hiring anyone from Phillipines as if i asked them to do something other than there job description they might take me to court.'

    Should be no issue as long as you hire them legally and don't withhold their passports as is being alleged in this case.
  186. Garibaldi III from TO from Canada writes: Gardiner Westbound from Canada writes: .
    I'm not buying Mulroney's explanation the secrecy surrounding Schrieber's payments was to avoid further suggestions of personal improprieties surrounding Air Canada's Airbus purchase. The Airbus investigation occurred two years AFTER Schrieber's clandestine cash payments.
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    :-)
    1 article
    2 birds
    1 stone

    ....... brilliant!
  187. Craig ! from Republic of Newfoundland, Canada writes: Peter Lobo from Vancouver, Canada writes: Wow! What a silly case getting all this publicity. People are dying of hunger everyday and what we Canadian care about is some politician asked her nanny to clean her clinic and house.

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    Actually Peter it is a little more serious that how you want to portray it. If she held their passports against their will that could possibly be forceable confinement.

    Forcing them to clean their clinic if it is outside the employment contract and expectations of the care givers would be a serious offence.

    What else would be acceptable to you, forcing them to work on her campaigns? Forcing them to do other favors for male family members?

    What would be the line you would consider out of bounds?

    If this was the other way around and it was Kenny who treated these women like that you would be accusing him of racism, slavery, kidnapping and god knows what else.
  188. ishmael daro from Saskatoon, Canada writes: This is possibly the worst piece of writing I have ever read in the Globe and Mail. Dear God, what was the point Ms. Blatchford was trying to make? The part about her dog was just stupid, and it didn't really tie into what she was saying about Dhalla, which itself was confusing as hell.

    Thumbs down.
  189. Neil Garret from Canada writes: Ruby Dhalla is hot. Really hot.
  190. C Yukon from Canada writes: This article was laugh-out-loud funny... regardless of whether or not Ms. Dhalla is guilty of what the caregivers allege, her testimony was delivered in a very self-centred and sanctimonious manner. If she had said 'I, Ruby Dhalla' one more time, I might have lost it! Once was more than enough as no one was confused as her identity and the glottal stop on the 'I' was intensely annoying and unnecessary. Thanks to Ms. Blatchford for a humourous calling out of Ms. Dhalla for her unconvincing testimony!
  191. Canadian Dentist from Baltimore, United States writes: If you were typing down MP Ruby Dhalla's press conference you would write: 'I, (comma) Ruby Dhalla, (comma) believe the allegations....blah blah blah .' You would not write 'I Ruby Dhalla' like Ms. Blatchford has done with no commas. Jesh, maybe i'm just tired, but this article continues to agravate me. Is there an editor for the online content like the print newspaper has? Would this article actually make it into the print newspaper? It's been ages since I've bought a Globe as I'm studying in the U.S.
  192. R OBryan from Canada writes: This was one of the most poorly written editorials i have ever read. The idea is to make it understandable and with some sort of flow. I cannot even comment on whether i agree with what Christine is saying because i don't know where she is coming from.
  193. Gardiner Westbound from Canada writes: .
    I'm not buying Mulroney's explanation the secrecy surrounding Schrieber's payments was to avoid further suggestions of personal improprieties surrounding Air Canada's Airbus purchase. The Airbus investigation occurred two years AFTER Schrieber's clandestine cash payments.
  194. albert rose from Canada writes: D. Hightower from Canada writes: Call me an illitrate if you will.

    OK, you're an illiterate, along with all the other critics who think that because they don't like the article, it must be badly written. Care to explain how this is bad writing? How about a critical essay from someone.

    But say, I think there's a cereal box out there that needs to be read by you. I'm sure you can handle it.
  195. Michael Banner from Norway writes: She took their Passports?! Or rather her Brother did (which she knew about)? Is this woman suppose to be a Canadian MP, representing Canadians? That kind of procedure takes place in the middle east, where oppression is common everyday event. She's an idiot if she's defending those actions.
  196. C. M. from halifax, Canada writes: Kinda up there (or down there) with James Joyce's Ulysses. Maybe Blatch is about to make the great leap to Modernist writer. I'll have to cast my lot with the people who haven't got a clue what the writer was trying to say. Nice to see she has evolved from her old Tor Sun days of licking policeman's buttons clean though. This Ruby business should be pretty easy to figure out by asking the caregivers to describe the interior of the cousin's dwelling or Chiro clinic amongst many other no-brainer cross examinations.
  197. Neo Cynic from Bahamas writes:

    Niw that you all have now experienced the pain of dyslexia, please make you contributions to the Canadian Dyslexia Addociation dotay. Thkna yuo Ms Flarchbord!
  198. Let's be reasonable from Canada writes: I was looking forward to a 'juicy' article, but what a wasted opportunity Christie Blatchford! What on earth are you trying to say ...? Perhaps its just my age catching on, but I just didnt get it.
  199. Peter Poe from Ottawa, Canada writes: I liked Christine's artickle, hehehe, She (Ruby), not getting much respect after those 2 woman made those claims about her, doesn't look good for her...
  200. hangin right from Van, Canada writes: oh my, I can't even really comment I am laughing and chuckling reading your article. you have an entertaining way of writing there Christie.
  201. right elbow from FORTUNES OF WAR, Canada writes: It's hard to imagine when you start hitting on doves and pigeons that eventually as old adage says will fly off raising signs befalling any host House. Men are sometimes philosophical and wish I Ruby never ever really hired these little ones herself which I Ruby denies @ parliamentary hearing.
  202. a b from toronno, Canada writes: I don't have a Master's and I got it.
    Maybe everyone should try some real reading
  203. RDRDRD VanIsl from Beautiful BC, Canada writes: Crusty should learn never to write anything under the influence of dog fartts.
  204. a b from toronno, Canada writes: What I meant to say is ... maybe everyone has Internet Attention Deficit Disorder and can't read a long piece anymore.
    I got the gist of what she's saying.
  205. gilles monenemie from Montreal, Canada writes: gardiner westbound

    yes lion brian roared out a screamer of story when he made up that piece. I'm Irish and even i am astonished by his tales of malarkey. He makes ruby dhalla look credible by comparison and thats a pretty impossible feat to achieve.
  206. Louis Friend from Surrey, Canada writes: Denis Pakkala from St. Catharines, Canada writes: Ann Coulter on the essence of being a Liberal: “The absolute conviction that there is one set of rules for you, and another, completely different set of rules for everyone else.&8221;

    Ralph Waldo Emerson on conservatism: 'There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.'
  207. Mike Witcher from Montreal, Canada writes: Christie Blatchford needs to lay off the James Joyce.
    Ulysses was never so confusing as this article.

    In Canada people are innocent until proven guilty. However, many Canadians clearly think Ms. Dhalla is guilty of a heinous crime; being rich and able to afford house keepers.
    Canadians despise and are envious of people who are not middle class like themselves and can afford a better lifestyle. I think this attitude is indicative of why we constantly place last in the Westernized world in terms of innovation and progress. No one wants any thing better and those who do are frowned upon instead of admired.
  208. Robert Pan from GTA, Canada writes: Ms. Blatchford, were you high on dog fart when you wrote this article? Surely, any editor knows - to survive as a viable newspaper, articles must suit to readers not the otherway round! This is called market driven approach! Some here blame the general readers to be too stupid to understand Blantchford's article must have their brains turned backwards. and as for those minority here praising Blantchford article, they must also be high on dog fart.
  209. Helen Pettingill from Canada writes: I agree. It's a very poorly written article. Too much about the dog & not enough clout or anything meaningful.
  210. Nat M from Toronto, Canada writes: 'Drop-dead gorgeous'? Seriously? Maybe the rest of us young, Indo-Canadian women need to jump on the cheap coloured contact and cemented-on make up bandwagon...

    More relevant, though - as someone who was raised by a loving, devoted, and all-round awesome live-in caregiver, if Ms. Dhalla is found to have abused her authority and mistreated them in the slightest, they should throw the book at her.
  211. D. Hightower from Canada writes: Call me an illitrate if you will. But this was a mess of an article. Does not make any sense & difficult to read.

    Such a waste of readers' time.

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  212. F Dionne from Toronto, Canada writes: I don't know what the problem is with this piece. I find it interesting and well-written, and English isn't even my first language.
  213. vancouver vancouveriana from Canada writes: christie, clean it up- sick of your stupid dog stories- i thought you were are serious journalist- have some decorum please
  214. Virginia Gill from Sault Ste. Marie, Canada writes: Please Ms. Blatchford: Your dog may be the love of your life, but any animal that draws blood is a danger. Have you ever thought of adopting another dog or cat?
  215. gilles monenemie from Montreal, Canada writes: Mike Witcher

    Do you have any exposure to the elite class structures of india? The likelihood of a high status indian elite treating servants as if they were dogs is pretty high. It astounds me to see these people operate. I attend a lot fo scientific conferences and I am bemused to watch the indian scientists end up ordering the local hotel or restaurant folks around like they are back home and then they wonder why they get such poor service. The class structure of indian society is the ugliest aspect of indian culture that i have witnessed.
  216. Georgia Shand from Canada writes: I, Georgia Shand, think that I, Ruby Dhalla, doth protest far too much and that I, Christie Blatchford, probably fell asleep listening to I, Ruby Dhalla's, whiny, annoying voice. Hey, don't blame the farting dog!
  217. urban ranger from Vancouver, Canada writes: Many of today's posters don't seem to get Christie Blatchford's piece on Ruby Dhalla. Lighten up, folks. I, Urban ranger, thought it was great.
  218. Jake Jay from Toronto, Canada writes: Ruby Dhalla spent many years studying to become a doctor. I don't know whether she is an MD or has one of these Ph.Ds in one of a gazillion exotic subjects. If an MD, I suppose she felt compelled to help people in the finest possible way. If so, plaudits to her. However, she ditched her 'doctorship' in favour of becoming a politician - ostensibly to 'better serve the people' ( to use a hackneyed phrase). Make a survey: Ask people whom they admire more -- a doctor (of whatever kind) or a politician. Ask which one they think is the more dishonest and corrupt. Ask which one they trust more. Ask which one has people's interest more at heart. Ask if care givers really care and give an honest day's work for the money they earn. Whose side would YOU be on? Politicians, with a few exceptions, are not role models for those seeking an honourable career. When a judge is faced with a politician versus a care giver, he must think it not a fair fight. (The care giver has too much advantage). To switch from doctor to politician seems like a backward step. I rest my case.
  219. Sassy Lassie from Canada writes: Poor little Ruby she's the victim and those nasty domestic slaves how dare they speak up and tell their tales how dare they challenge the Liberal Elites who are entitled to their domestic slaves. I think it's despicable the way MSM has portrayed her as the victim and the complainants are just pawns in the game of politics. I'll leave the people in her riding to decide if she's fit to serve AGAIN, personally I think she's an elitist diva and I believe the domestic servants.
  220. Stan W from Winnipeg, Canada writes: Clearly Ruby Dhalla has little respect for the lower and middle classes.

    Like Brian Mulrooney, she resorts to bluster and innuendo to deflect legitimate questions about her behaviour and whether she broke any regulations or immigration laws.

    Her defense shows she has little respect for the intelligence of the public.
  221. Diana Dooly from GTA, Canada writes: Christie Blatchford, your article is hilarious.
    The doggie bit (the way I see it) refers to how I Ruby treated her Filipino women working for her.
    The I Ruby name immediately made me think of I Claudius, the Roman Emperor, AD 41-54. I bet he had attitude.
    The comments from readers...I was howling with laughter, read pretty much every one. There are some funny people out there!
    Filipinos-probably the nicest group of people I have ever come across. Must be in their genes. I don't think these 2 ladies would go through what they did, in exposing and putting their whole future on the line, for a lie.
    There was a picture of I Ruby in the paper, big smile, with her arm around one of the nannies. There had to be some sort of contact.
    All in all, made my day. What a riot. Go nannies go!
  222. Robert Pan from GTA, Canada writes: F Dionne from Toronto, Canada writes: I don't know what the problem is with this piece. I find it interesting and well-written, and English isn't even my first language.

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    Ms. Dionne, for people who concentrates on the 'dog' part of the article may find it 'interesting' But don't forget, this article is about Dhalla not about how Blantchford's life with her dog. If viewed from the 'nannygate's' angle, the article is a terrible waste of people's time. Not only that, it casts a big shadow of snobishness as well.

    Earlier when I said 'People think her article is interesting may be high on dog fart too' I did not totally mean to be derogatory. People find this article 'funny', 'interesting' are missing the point. They just enjoy the story about the dog and forgot what this article is all about! High on dog fart? Could very well be.
  223. Stan W from Winnipeg, Canada writes: It is completely immaterial if the 2 caregivers are being emotionally supported by some Conservative or NDP member somewhere.

    Few people who enforce the law do so for totally altruistic reasons. Police, lawyers and judges do it for the money -- stop paying them, they stop working. Journalists too.

    (For example, the whole Schrieber thing has politicians and political partisans behind it. So what. That is how politics works.)

    The legitimate question is, whether Ruby Dhalla broke the law or acted in a grossly unethical manner.
  224. JP C from Canada writes: Sharon Cunningham from Burlington, Ontario, Canada writes: Excellent and fun article, Ms. Blatchford! Enjoyed it immensely!

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    Looks like we found one of Blatchford's relatives.
  225. Barbara in BC from Canada writes: Hlarious column Christie - this is priceless.
  226. Mike Witcher from Montreal, Canada writes: Gilles monenemie from Montreal writes: ' Do you have any exposure to the elite class structures of india? The likelihood of a high status indian elite treating servants as if they were dogs is pretty high'

    Well Gille, I dunno what to say to that. I will take your word for it.
  227. JP C from Canada writes: Barbara in BC from Canada writes: Hlarious column Christie - this is priceless.

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    Yikes, another relative!
  228. JP C from Canada writes: Substitute 'priceless' for 'worthless' and you'll be on the right track.
  229. Rani Das from Canada writes: I agree that racism is surging in this country. The economy and a huge rightwing backlash. Are we really supposed to believe, as Blatchford snidely insinuates, that white men like Kenney have it harder than women of colour? So where are the droves of nonwhite female MPs, Bigotford? Where are the multitudes of nonwhite female CEOS - hell, where are the nonwhite female Globe and Mail columnists? One, maybe, in its entire history - if that? And yet the universities in TO and Mtl have been full of talented young females of colour for a couple of decades.

    There is a myth in this country that 'minorities are taking over'. They are roughly sixteen percent of the population, while in the US they are over thirty percent. I for one am going South. Why waste my brains and talent on a bunch of racist yahoos.
  230. Barbara in BC from Canada writes: Not at all, JP C, it's great satirical writing. And she kills the Mulroney bird with the same stone that's aimed at the Dhalla bird, as a previous poster mentions.
  231. Pirates Love Eating GAAARlic Bread from Toronto, Canada writes: Wow, some of you people need to get a sense of humour. While I find some of Blatch's writing boring and find her spots on radio annoying, I thought she hit it out of the park with this one - brilliant satire. Great job...
  232. Z Gray from Canada writes: The whole column was a gas Blatchford. After this one people will toot your horn for you. How unfortunate too many newcomers try to take advantage of others, the politically correct courts, and the governments social plans because they believe they can , or simply because they think their lot in life is thought to be undervalued. Too many new arrivals, legal and not, equate freedom with free ride. Time to close the loopholes for everyone. It is this perversion of political correctness that allows things such as this to arise, not racism.
  233. West Coast Not West from Canada writes: I Ruby is peoples like Mulroney! lol cats.
  234. Canadian Dentist from Baltimore, United States writes: This column makes baby jesus cry. Good satire is very nuanced and requires quite a bit of skill. Heretofore, I have very impressed with the quality of G&M articles. Run-on sentences do not a satirical column make.
  235. Yvonne Wackernagel from Woodville, Canada writes: Christie, your Canadian envy showed through this article; I couldn't believe it. You said - ' perhaps, she hinted, one hatched by the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, whom she espied once in conversation with one of her political opponents.
    Now, she offered no hard evidence but that sighting to indicate Mr. Kenney did anything of the sort.'
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    THE FACTS are as reported in the Press that Jason Kenny took her political rival as a friend to India who afterwards assured the constituents that a lot more Indians from his previous abode in India would soon be coming to Canada'. And these nannies did not come up with the dirt until 15 months later when an election could be in the short term. So, give us the facts.

    As far as Dr. Dhalla and Mr. Schreiber are concerned, these people are highly respected in their respective professional environments and the nannies still have to prove to be acceptable Canadian citizens, causing trouble within two years of having arrived even though they had no legal documents to produce after several requests by the Dhalla family and had above average accommodation with a lot more left over after all their free benefits than any Canadian in an average office in the GTA.
  236. Jeremy Osborn from Vancouver, Canada writes: This article is a messy piece of drivel. Where were the editors on this?

    Yeah, of course it is ironic; that doesn't mean it was written comprehensibly.
  237. Yvonne Wackernagel from Woodville, Canada writes: It seems to me that if you are not a 'second generation' Canadian, you are not entitled to live well and enjoy the cultural aspects of society to which you might have been accustomed in your previous life before immigration.

    As far as Mr. Schreiber is concerned, they have tried to slander this guy beyond recognition and have done their best through their international connections, but so far these have failed because, except for Tax Evasion, the other charges appear to have been dropped, although maybe there should be some charges laid against all those in Canada who took 'success' money or other money to which no proper description can truthfully be assigned. As an immigrant since 1959, having worked and earned my comfortable living and financial independence, I take some of the remarks by second generation Canadians as quite immoral! Try and improve, please; I used to enjoy reading some of your articles.
  238. Canadian Dentist from Baltimore, United States writes: I wonder if the people claiming to enjoy this piece are just employees of the Globe and Mail. I seriously have a head-ache from trying to read this article.
  239. Barbara in BC from Canada writes: CAnadian Dentist doesn't like this article. Well, I don't like going to the dentist. So there!
  240. Yvonne Wackernagel from Woodville, Canada writes: Here are two other topics you can talk about, Christie.

    Why is no one asking Brian Mulroney about the furniture he stole from 24 Sussex Drive when he left for his private residence and, only when it was made public , did the Conservative Party pay for it, and who knows if they ever got a proper appraisa.

    And secondly, Brian Mulroney confirmed yesterday that Israel had a lot to do with squashing the Bear Head project thru complaining to Germany to get Schreiber stopped from lobbying Him who then had a lot of correspondence with Shimon Peres in Israel because they did not want the Saudis to have any military equipment of that quality to use against Israel. l Amazing what influence this little country with its 355,000 representatives in Canada can do to our economy.
  241. tip finlay from St. John's, Canada writes: Blatchford's problem may be her dog. Clearly the b*itch is not pulling her weight on these elaborate literary pieces. On top of that she's hogging the mattress. Blatchford is probably a zombie in the morning. You take MacKenzie King's dog, Pat. Now there was a dog that had a lot to say. While Prime Minister, King ran almost every major decision past that dog and, for the most part at least, the dog seemed to make the right call. It could be, of course, that Blatchford's dog is not properly motivated. You know what they say about keeping dogs and doing your own barking. It's a little like Dhalla's mother keeping maids and doing her own cooking and housework. What's that about? I think there is one solution to both these problems - the maid and dog, that is. Take a rolled up Globe and Mail to them every day. Who says Canada's national newspaper is useless?
  242. charlie brown from Canada writes: Try to stay on topic Yvonne.
  243. Black Adder from Toronto, Canada writes: Blatchford's attempt at Colbert type satire -
    As Dirty Harry once said: a person's got to know her limitations.
  244. Mike Witcher from Montreal, Canada writes: Tip Finlay,

    Laughed my butt off at the last part of your comment (rolled up newspaper but).
    However, please keep future posts shorter, I have a short attention span.
    Hehehe, squirrels....
  245. Jake Jay from Toronto, Canada writes: Ms. Blatchford is taking the piss out of 'I Ruby'. With Ruby repeating 'I Ruby'so often makes her sound as if she is puffed up with her own self- importance and 'status'. Typical master-servant attitude. -- No doubt a hangover from her Indian culture. Christe, you sure punctured that balloon! Too many readers just didn't get it.
  246. Kate Louette from Suresnes, France writes: I had no problems understanding the column on my first (and only) read-through. I enjoy irony and sarcasm and thought it was great. Keep up the good work Christie.

    And before people criticize so-called bad writing, they should check their own e-mails. The spelling mistakes and punctuation (mostly lack thereof) reduce many of their comments to gibberish.

    To Canadian Dentist from Baltimore, I for one am not a G&M employee.
  247. Wolf buddyhaugh from St. Paul, Canada writes: As the actress said to the bishop, this is pointless, old chum.
  248. albert rose from Canada writes: Rani Das from Canada writes: ........I for one am going South. Why waste my brains and talent on a bunch of racist yahoos.

    Hurray. Don't let the turnstile slap your backside of color on the way out.
  249. anon ymous from Canada writes: WHAT!? This isn't a newsworthy article!
  250. Jasper the Black Lab from Canada writes: Found this an excellent, humourous, insightful, thought-provoking commentary. Perhaps I think differently than some who post on these boards.

    One relatively minor quibble: I find Ruby Dhalla utterly unattractive.
  251. Michael Thierry from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada writes: Christie Blatchford had the temerity to question one of the Liberal's rising stars (Liberals - The Next Generation?). So, the responses from the usual trolls comes as no surprise.

    The issue remains that this is about abuse of power. Let's not kid ourselves because when the spin doctors complain that it is all just political circus orchestrated by the Tories, the peons know different..
  252. A. Northbridge from Canada writes: This article is difficult to follow. There are too many left field injections.
    I would leave the poor dog out of this. Let the dog live it's own life. I'm convinced that it really wants to.
  253. Yvonne Wackernagel from Woodville, Canada writes: charlie brown from Canada writes: Try to stay on topic Yvonne.
    ===============================================

    READ THE ARTICLE. Christie Blatchford wrote on both those topics - Dr. Dhalla and Mulroney/Schreiber.
  254. Jake Jay from Toronto, Canada writes: To Jasper the Black Lab: 'Ruby --- Utterly unattractive'? Hmmm.
    You may be normal, but not normal normal. Ten out of ten men would beg to differ.
  255. albert rose from Canada writes: I don't find her attractive either. Shrill and frightening is more like it.
  256. Rani Das from Canada writes: Albert Rose - don't jump for joy too quick, Bert. You've got a quarter million coming in each year and there's nothing a cracker like YOU can do about it.
  257. Mickey Hickey from Toronto, Canada writes: Sardonic wit combined with caricature. Not the best piece she has ever done. But you must take into account the lawyer and editor rewrites imposed on her. In the circumstances under which it was written it is as good as it can get. Hint: the Indian attitude to servants is portrayed quite well.
  258. Pirates Love Eating GAAARlic Bread from Toronto, Canada writes: It's hard to take a chiropractor seriously to begin with... check out her website 'DR. Ruby Dhalla'....Chiropractic is to medicine what snake oil is to penicillin...
  259. Panta Rei from Albania writes: I wish that I understood what exactly this piece of work is about.My bad.
  260. Roger Cooper from Canada writes: Christie, it's a complex bit of writing, but if it comes down who's more interesting, Ms. Dhalla or your dog, I'm voting for Obie.
  261. john may from writes: My father taught me one simple rule about an attractive woman when he told me ' Check out the mother, because that is what you are getting'.
    When I found the lady who is now my wife I checked out the mother.
    My father was wiser than I knew.
  262. lost in transition from Canada writes: hey wonderful Canadians, yes we people from old world cultures (Asia) migrate to your country (in hordes) seeking fairness (rule of the law) in life which we didn't find back home.
    A new person is vulnerable and the MP is not alone, so many of the so called millionaire ( they become millionaire as they buy cheaply this new person) are in exploitation. I do not blame all but wonder about this mentality and its consequences. Yes you would point that the new person is not skilled/english or whatever.
    but
    Is this the fair life in your land for which we left everything far.
  263. marc *.* from quebec, Canada writes: The dog is supposed to be a metaphor. But I agree. It is just not a well articulated, interesting article that makes a point clearly and persuasively.

    I wish the Globe columnists like Blatchford, Leah Mc(something), and Lysiane Gagnon would write in a more lucid style like David Brooks of the New York Times. Even if you don't agree with him, you always understand the point he's trying to make.
  264. Jake Jay from Toronto, Canada writes: To Albert Rose: I was thinking only about the looks. Okay Okay, there's more to attractiveness than looks.
  265. F M from Toronto, Canada writes: What a load of bunk!!!
  266. Enlightened Citizen of Togo from Multi-Culturalism can be Messy, Togo writes: Multiculturalism can be messy

    The politics of multiculturalism created Ruby, female Sikh, ethnic and seemly Canadian. The truth it seems is that she and her family are rich Sikh's and in their culture you treat your servants in a particular way. Like training a pet, there can only be one master. That is their way. That is multiculturalism at work and you I'm sure can see similar examples in many other ethnic groups that choose their cultural rules over those of their adopted country. You can't blame her for being what she is.
  267. Enlightened Citizen of Togo from Multi-Culturalism can be Messy, Togo writes: Rani Das from Canada, I remember you from yesterday

    Please tell me, how is the Puppy Mill going?
  268. Jake Jay from Toronto, Canada writes: To Pirates Love Eating ... : I think that a chiropractor can be useful at times - if you are williing to go back repeatedly for treatment.
    But I can't see beautiful Ruby going back to pummeling/massaging bare backs. As any chiropractor will tell you, it takes strong hands for that job. Also, with a lifetime of hand washing, I hear there is a risk of arthritis. I don't know how long Ruby practiced, but I suspect not too long. But now that she has the illustrious 'Dr.' title, she will play it to the hilt. Most people go gah gah and bow obsequiously before it -- especially in those cultures that have relatively few real doctors. (When they think Dr. they think MD).They are put on a pedestal. I suspect that the chiropractic practice will continue with someone else doing the donkey work with DR. Dhalla's name up in lights on the store front.
  269. Jake Jay from Toronto, Canada writes: I see that Ruby runs several 'health clinics'. There we go, she is parlaying her 'Dr.' title to dabble in vague 'health' clinics. Who knows the nature of these 'health' clinics. That could be anything. I doubt that the clinics deal only with chiropractic issues. Maybe one poster was right when he described her as a purveyor of snake oil. Are all these clinics frequented only by those of her own culture? If so, what does that tell you? If not, then that tells you the same thing. If Ruby is not practicing, I would not address her as 'Dr.' Only a long time practicing doctor deserves to be addressed as 'Dr.' To simply make use of the title shows little respect for the profession. It shows only an unseemly display of ego.
  270. ellston gunn from Canada writes: I Ruby! LOL. Excellent. Things like that tend to stick.

    My question. How did this I Ruby person end up on stage and holding up I Iggy's arm at the Liberal leadership convention? Is I Iggy doing attack ads on himself?
  271. David Ho from Markham, Canada writes: this article was a waste of my time
  272. A True Politicaljunkie in Canada from Ottawa, Canada writes: Do Canadians have no sense of humour any more? This was hilarious.
  273. John B. Smith from Toronto, Canada writes: This article is so terrible I had to sign up for an account in order to post this. Many times I have sat by on the sidelines and nearly gagged at the various monstrosities emanating from the dread pen of Christie Blatchford, but this one was both incomprehensible and unforgiveable. Please stop. Please. It's so bad it hurts my feelings.
  274. Clark Kentt from Metronto, Canada writes: Let's assume Ruby Dhalla is practicing mendacity and is exposed for such ... what happens next?

    Will she resign her Brampton-Springdale seat?
    Will Ignatieff eject her from the Liberal caucus?
    Will there be an inquiry or even a criminal investigation?
    Will this be a wrench in Liberal election strategy?

    Legally she is innocent unless proven guilty, but in the court of public opinion, people are drawing their own conclusions and it doesn't look good for Ruby. I suspect the new Canadian immigrant population in her riding may not look kindly on Ruby's tarnished reputation and erase her from their minds.
  275. m a from Toronto, Canada writes: I think this was the best thing Christie Blatchford has ever written. I was laughing out loud. Congratulations to the Globe and to Christie. I am sorry to see how many posters did not have the wit to understand the writing, but I personally enjoy it when newspapers don't cater to the lowest common denominator.
  276. J Gar from Toronto, Canada writes: Loved the article! Very Funny and Witty!

    For those who criticized Christie's writing and "didn't get it" : the article was a SATIRE.

    Politicians are well aware of the public scrutiny they face, it's part of the game.

    Get a sense of humour, folks.

    Note: Filipina nannies are very hardworking but the straw that broke the camel's back was when I, Ruby Dhalla made them shovel snow.
    Not even my husband- a 5th generation Canadian from pioneer stock-will shovel snow!!!
  277. No Name Necessary from Canada writes: couldn't understand this article.....
  278. Lloyd Hawkeye from La Ronge, Sask., Canada writes: Loved the article. It's a creative and ironic piece of writing. Too bad it went over the heads of many of the readership. I'm glad the Globe does not alway publish to the lowest common denominator.
  279. Sanjay Singh from Canada writes:
    (previously deleted .... reposted)

    As many others have pointed out, Christie's Toronto Sun roots are there for all to see. A really trashy incompetently penned piece. A truly immature, shrill screaming brat could have written comparable work.

    Let me demonstrate my writing skill about this article:

    In terms of artistic merit this piece demonstrates that Christy Blatchfords incontinence is comparable to her dog's flatulence.
  280. Loudan Bellicose from Canada writes: This is typical of the G & M a BS piece of writing; one must really wonder about the IQ of the GTA.
  281. Allen G traveller from BobcaygeonMazatlan, Canada writes: >>>>>>>>>> Hey Blatch !!

    If you get this far, wading through the above pond scum.

    Sort of reminded me of some of the musings of our long gone buddy, Paul Rimstead.

    Let's face it, "I Ruby" will be fun for awhile , she's a sexy and arrogant, probably making Paul M have stomach cramps.

    Great parties at the Rimmers place.
    ..
    Will that be a "Blue" ?
  282. Allen G traveller from BobcaygeonMazatlan, Canada writes: Hola Sanjay !!!!!!!

    Your comments were deleted because of stupidity.

    Writing skills ? For real ??

    ..don't think so.
  283. The One who knows from Canada writes: Two previous posts of mine were obliterated by the mods in this comment area.
    I wrote nothing offensive or outside the terms of fair comment .
    The commenters who agreed with and indeed quoted me were not censured.
    I am nonplussed. I am angered. I am baffled.
    My comments were visible for at least a day.
    Somebody on the Globe's site thinks they have the right to enforce their opinions in the context of the comments section. I wonder if they have the support of the management in their elimination of valid posts? (Posts valid enough that many here felt obliged to both quote and congratulate me)
    eg:
    " james c from Canada writes: The One who knows from Canada writes: Ahem? Globe and Mail?
    The consensus of the posters here is that Christie Blatchford cannot write. I concur. She has made her career by writing nasty puff pieces primarily for the Toronto Sun, and I guarantee she will not increase your circulation amongst the somewhat more thoughtful Globe readers.
    -----------------
    if a random sampling of the reader's comments on various threads on this site are examples of 'the somewhat more thoughtful Globe readers' then I submit the IQ level of said readers isn't too high and 'nasty puff pieces' would be right up their alley."
    and
    " Zack Fair from Canada writes: On James C to The One Who Knows. You beat me to it. Concur."

    In addition I spent a lengthy time crafting a rebuttal to Blatchford's pathetic piece of journalism and IT has disappeared also.
    This comment may not even arrive in the comments section but I do know that someone delegated to mod this discussion will read it.
    So..
    Present moderator?
    What was the problem with my previous posts ?

    This reeks of censorship !
    Face it. Christie Blatchford wrote a pathetic article that the Globe should be ashamed to print. If you can't stand the heat; stay out of the kitchen.
  284. The One who knows from Canada writes: Allen G traveller from BobcaygeonMazatlan, Canada writes:
    Hola Sanjay !!!!!!!

    Your comments were deleted because of stupidity.

    Writing skills ? For real ??

    ..don't think so.
    ............................................................
    well ..
    umm..
    sure traveller.. ( after all; anyone who has been to Mazatlan is SURELY well traveled).
    Hey Allan.. ? A week in Mazatlan all inclusive does not make you well traveled. Stay in Bobcaygeon where I am sure your talents are appreciated.

    And Sanjay ?
    Oddly enough my previous comments were obliterated also. It seems the Globe is sensitive to comments criticizing their new reporter.
  285. The One who knows from Canada writes: By the way..
    Perhaps it is time for the Globe to adopt the CBC's method of allowing comments.
  286. Barbara in BC from Canada writes: Some people seem to resent what is a lighthearted article and a bit of creative writing from Blatchford about the ongoing Dhalla case. I agree with m a from Toronto who said: "I personally enjoy it when newspapers don't cater to the lowest common denominator."
  287. Duncan Morris from Salmon Arm, Canada writes: I usually skip the Blatchford "sensational" tabloid junk that leads one(most immigrant caregivers and people who sleep with large dogs notwithstanding) reaching for tissues. This article was different. I actually liked the Heather Mallick tongue in cheeky prose adeptly delivered from her sumptuous couch under the stairwell in the basement of the Globe and Mail. Phillip Crawley should send her down an envelope stuffed with cash to show his appreciation and his understanding of how business is conducted in Ottawa.
  288. Vic QT from Hamilton, Canada writes: I AM ONE OF THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR: hooked on phonics worked for me but writing under the influence of alcohol does not serve the general reader well.

    It is not often that people feel a 'necessity', or are compelled, to comment on another individual's works of writing - usually it is ignored or just overlooked. This columnist, however, needs to be told that this is a terrible piece of literary work.

    Being somewhat of avid globe & mail reader, I must admit that, in more fortunate days, I have never came across or read a Blatchford "sensational" tabloid, well at least not to my knowledge and recollection ... luckily for me you may say.

    Now things have changed. Lesson learned.

    The next time a "blotch"-ford article turns up: skip it, rip it and then trash it.
  289. David Griffith from NS, Canada writes: It is simply rich how good ol' G&M/Liberal supporters suddenly find a columnist here so completely incompetent, lol. Hurts when they attack your sacred cows, huh?

    I Ruby...LOVE IT!
  290. Virgin Coro from Toronto, Canada writes: I think the only intention of these Filipino nannies is to let the world know that NANNIES are human beings, They get tired no matter how much money you paid them- that they do not become superhero when you paid them more. It hurts when you make them work without being compensated properly; they complain if it is too much but always swallow pain if they can. Does Dhalla violate the law? 1) By keeping these nannies' passport 2) By non payment of overtime as stipulated in the contract. As far as I know, the mere act of keeping one's passport is against the law. (I am not sure the exact provision). I wanted to know the intention of keeping the passport and the intention of not paying these people properly. Overtime work if compensated properly is ok, but to make a worker work for free is UNACCEPTABLE because people work this kind of job to make money and to give family and kids a better life. To make nannies shovel the snow is not a big issue as long as they are compensated properly. DO NOT make any person work for free. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE MONEY TO PAY THESE PEOPLE, SOLUTION IS DO THE JOB YOURSELF. This is Canada life is hard. DO NOT KEEP ANYBODY's PASSPORT, by mere keeping it violates the law no matter what the intention was, it is private property no one can take it away from anyone. I do not care about the defenses of both sides they will just defend themselves. I do not consider the messages of both sides either,,, what I want to ask for resolution is the main issue: PASSPORT and OVERTIME PAY. These mere two things - if proven wrong is already a violation of the law regarless of the defenses and emotional mssg of both sides; regardless of the status of an individual whether or not a person works in government or ordinary citizen.

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