Blog Seemingly Run by Ford Candidate Andrew Lawton Called Polytechnique Shooting Commemoration a “Fake Holiday” Promoted by “Feminazis”
In an exclusive story, North99 has discovered a blog called Right Wing Canada that appears to have been maintained by Doug Ford’s handpicked candidate Andrew Lawton.
The blog ran a slew of controversial articles, including one which called the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (a day of remembrance for 14 women killed at École Polytechnique) a “fake holiday” referring to women who participate in the event as “feminazis”.
The date marks the anniversary of the 1989 killing of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, who were murdered because the gunman believed they were feminists, who he claimed had ruined his life.
The website is currently offline, but is visible using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine which preserves old and deleted web pages.
On February 3, 2009 Lawton’s name is clearly visible as the contact person for Right Wing Canada, along with a photo of himself with former U.S. Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
A disclaimer on the bottom of RightWingCanada.com on February 3, 2009 listed Andrew Lawton as the only person associated with the website.
Lawton’s name also appears as the author of each blog post.
As reported by PressProgress, Lawton ran a podcast called Strictly Right. He appears to have changed the name of his blog to Strictly Right in between February 3rd and March 5th. The name Andrew Lawton continues to appear after the website name change.
Lawton posted about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 2nd, 2009. The blog post starts as follows:
Coming up soon is Canada’s annual faux-day of remembrance (no I wasn’t talking about Kwanzaa when I said “fake holiday,” the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.” This is the day that remembers the brutal shooting at Polytechnique school in Quebec on December 6th, 1989 — 20 years ago. Observance of this day raises the age-old question of what days we should observe and what should be kept in the history books.
All of the victims were women, meaning that this day of remembrance is a prime opportunity for feminazis to accuse anyone who doesn’t take the day off work and hold a candlelight vigil of being anti-woman.
Lawton explains why he refers to the date as a “fake holiday”:
The left so often uses distraction to make the issue about something else entirely, and to instill a sense of guilt in their victim. When discussing abortion and the value of life, it’s made about women’s rights. When talking about the viability of affirmative action, you’re made out to be a racist. And when you’re contesting whether or not a national day of remembrance is effective, you support the violent shooting that happened in the first place.
I have no apologies for questioning this day, because I think that this ignores every other victim of a shooting or rape that has happened in history. Every week it seems that there is another high profile murder or rape in North America. Should we hold a national day for every one of these victims? No.
Sometime between February and December of 2009 Lawton changed the author blog posts from Andrew Lawton to “A.J.L”, which can only be assumed stands for Andrew J. Lawton.
The author profile for A. J. L. links to an Andrew Lawton Blogger profile, the same profile which had been used by “Andrew Lawton” prior to the name change. The email associated with the Blogger profile is firstname.lastname@example.org. It is unclear why Lawton decided to change his profile name.
The website also includes a link to Twitter, which directs people to an older version of Twitter with Lawson’s Twitter account @andrewlawson.
The Twitter profile includes Andrew’s name, a link to RightWingCanada.com and tweets that reference Right Wing Canada.
If the blog was, as it appears, run by Conservative candidate Andrew Lawton, it would not the first time he has made disparaging remarks about women. As reported by PressProgress, Lawton said German women “deserve” to be raped because of their country’s refugee policies, and suggested feminism was leading to the “pussification” of the west.
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