does for Tar Sands extraction corporations.
We suspect both of them do it for money, as mercenaries and paid lobbyists. Perhaps also out of love for the *cause* they promote.
Each one brings to advocacy endeavours a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience.
Ericka, however, is able to harness some persuasive arguments that Ezra cannot.
My co-blogger fern hill wrote a blogpost
which features a photograph of Clarke with the Minister of Justice for the Harper government and Kurtis Gaucher, that Press Progress published
When that photograph went viral, Petey MacKay was asked why he donned the shirt, claimed it was a wounded Canadian veteran (Gaucher) who requested it, yadayadayada...
As fern hill pointed out in her screen caps as well as a very revealing one
from PatRiotChick, it was all a RUSE engineered by Clarke. And MacKay was duped. DUPED!!!
Mind you, Ericka appears to be as dim as Ezra, and she has yet to master the obstreperous bullying techniques that he has perfected as a StunTV host. But as you can see from the photograph above and this
, and that
; she has different tactics at her command. No matter that her gallery of photos on her Facebook account (now locked) looked eerily like those posted by Michele McPherson - Bruce Carson's fiancée - when she was a sex worker advertising "the Girl Friend Experience".
Lobbying is a complicated job which requires that supplicants hired by corporate interests or other organizations, meet politicians to secure their collaboration. Much has been written about the talents that female lobbyists must deploy to win the support of powerful men. While official meetings held in public officials' and government buildings must be recorded as well as any campaign or party contributions, quid pro quo may cover a wide range of mutually beneficial favours
So, let's assume that Ericka Clarke is employed respectably and honourably in the performance of her duties, and that she is NOT a woman who needs rescuing from a dodgy organization that trafficks
her talents to members of the Harper Conservative government. Let take as a given, just as Kate Heartfield outlined here
, that Clarke is NOT “selling her body” or “selling herself” for the purpose of promoting CNFA and its goals.
No need to involve MP Joy Smith
and Cons' prurient concerns and beliefs
about the rampant sexual exploitation of women and girls that were spewed during the Justice Committee hearings about C36
. Clarke's interactions with CNFA, its membership and the politicians she meets are seemingly professional, consensual and not coercive.
In fact, her status and working conditions are much better than those imposed upon young women hired by PETA to stage a "protest" aka publicity stunt during the Ottawa Ribfest
. Those employees are the equivalent of female servers in the employment of Hooters. It is a job requirement that they display their bodies in the uniforms provided by their employer, albeit a less revealing one for restaurant staff.
Sadly though, CNFA does not appear to value Clarke's role as a "field agent" highly enough to put her name on this very special invitation
sent to MacKay and his *fellow* MPs (CPC only?). Perhaps she'll be present as bullet buffer and spirit-fluffer, unless the association didn't appreciate the frenzied media brouhaha she created.
Ericka Clarke and Ezra Levant. We may disagree with the goals and ideology of the organizations that pay their salaries. Both are workers toiling, as many of us choose or are obliged to do, in the bowels of capitalist enterprises. We may mock their words, expose their lies, deconstruct their odious tactics. If they attack those who criticize their Over Lords, we will push back - as hard as we can.
This is a blogpost we published shortly after the Moncton
shootings, questioning the premise of the NFA and its lobbying efforts in Canada.