Iâ€™ve always wondered why itâ€™s so difficult to get an audience with Canadaâ€™s Tourism Minister, Diane Ablonczy. Apparently she doesnâ€™t get out much. In fact, she is so low profile, when forced to attend events her handlers run her back into the safety of her limo as fast as her little legs can carry her.
The minister is not exactly what one would call a beacon of brainpower, Pumpkins. Last week, she gave a speech to a group of high-profile international travel journalists visiting Whistler. Gauging this as an opportunity to illustrate Canadaâ€™s wondrous geography â€“ she explained that Ontario is â€œquite a bit east of here.â€ Is that a metric or imperial â€œbitâ€? She also told the group that Prince Edward Island has â€œr-e-d soilâ€. But the kicker comes when the minister waxes poetically about the soul stirring experience she had visiting Iqaluit on the shores of Georgian Bay. Does the Wasaga Beach Cottage Association know about this transplant?
Apparently the visiting journalists were completely bamboozled by the statement. Was this a clever ruse to test their geographic acumen? Or, are we dealing with stupidity quite a bit east of smarts? Ms. Albonczyâ€™s handlers wonâ€™t say, and the minister herself is not commenting. Oh Canada.