Canadian MP strikes back at Colbert's
attack on Windsor, Ontario
[PoliticsWatch updated 4:55 p.m., March 14, 2007]
|On his March 12 The Word segment, talk show
host Stephen Colbert alleged that Windsor,
Ontario is among "the worst places in the world."
OTTAWA - A Canadian
politician is striking back after an American talk show host slammed
Windsor, Ontario, this week suggesting it was the worst place in the
Comedy Central late night funny man Stephen Colbert took
the unprovoked shot at Windsor during his Monday evening "The Word"
segment on the popular The Colbert Report.
"It's clearly an attack on the city of Windsor," said New
Democrat Brian Masse, who is the federal Member of Parliament
for Windsor West. The NDP is Canada's left-wing party.
"(Colbert) feels threatened by the fact that we have low crime rates and our citizens don't have to carry around guns to feel safe and we have free
medicare," he said in an interview with PoliticsWatch.
"We're clearly a threat to the general ideology of Colbert and the Bush
On his program Monday, Colbert criticized billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for spending millions of dollars to assist developing countries.
The faux conservative Colbert blasted Gates' do-gooder routine, arguing it was taking away "home field advantage" for Americans by assisting the health and welfare of its competitors in other countries.
"Bill Gates is spending millions to fight poverty and disease in Africa, Asia, South America -- the worst places in the world," Colbert said as the words "Windsor, Ontario?" appeared on one side of the split screen.
The jab at Windsor elicited laughs from Colbert's New York studio audience.
It's not clear exactly why Colbert decided to single Windsor out, although he
already has a track record of starting feuds with medium-sized Canadian cities.
Colbert, who recently became a fan of the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit
after the team named their mascot in his honour, engaged in trash talking with
Oshawa Generals fans and urged fans in Saginaw to throw
General Motors' financial earnings reports on the ice during an Eagles game against Oshawa in January.
That prompted Oshawa Mayor John Gray to make a bet with
Colbert. If Oshawa won the game, Colbert would have to wear a
Generals jersey for an entire show. However, the Spirits won, so the
mayor had to declare Colbert’s birthday “Stephen Colbert Day” in
The OHL Windsor Spitfires play in the same league division as Saginaw and are currently in last place.
Windsor was also the subject of some negative press when Detroit
hosted last year's Super Bowl and was given the name "Sin
City" because of its casino gambling, lower drinking age, strip
bars and Cuban cigars.
Masse can't figure out exactly why Windsor was singled either, but
has his suspicions.
He noted that the Department of Homeland Security is putting riverboat gun boats on the Great Lakes, bringing in Blackhawk helicopters, watch towers and fencing along the northern
border, so maybe Colbert is concerned about cheap medicines from border cities like Windsor reaching American consumers.
Masse, who said he watches Colbert's program, said the comedian is
"always welcome to Windsor" if he feels a need to slam the
"For Windsor to be singled out (by someone like Colbert) is not a thing to be concerned about. It's a thing to be
proud of . It's a medal of honour that the city of Windsor gets singled out given the city we have
is very strong and vibrant."
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's office offered no comment or
defence of Windsor through his aides.
PoliticsWatch.com is still awaiting comment from Prime Minister Stephen
Harper's office and Windsor mayor Eddie Francis'
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