LISTEN: ''I could have used better language'', says Peter Shurman after calling Olivia Chow ''major league biatch''

Shurman made comment on Moore in the Morning

Former Progressive Conservative MPP and Newstalk 1010 contributor Peter Shurman admits he could have used better language in describing Olivia Chow and her performance at Tuesday's mayoral debate.

As a round-table panelist on Newstalk 1010's Moore in the Morning Wednesday, Shurman said Chow had "proved herself to be, last night, pardon me, a major league biatch and not worthy of listening to, as far as I'm concerned."  

Fellow panelist, National Post columnist Christie Blatchford, seemed to agree with Shurman on the tenor of Chow's debate performance. "Olivia was bitchy. And not a terribly attractive candidate, frankly," she said.

When asked by host John Moore whether it is appropriate to describe a female candidate as "bitchy", Blatchford became exasperated.

"Yes, it's appropriate," she said, calling Chow's suggestion that fellow mayoral candidates Rob Ford and John Tory are "one and the same" "catty stuff".

Both Blatchford and Shurman were guests on Newstalk 1010's The Live Drive with Ryan Doyle and Ben Mulroney Wednesday night and largely stood by their comments.

Blatchford dismissed the notion that sexism is at play.

"These aren't gender issues.  Nobody's picking on Olivia Chow 'cause she's a woman.  They're picking on her because they don't like her politics or her style," explained Blatchford.

Shurman offered an apology to anyone who was offended by his choice of words, but maintains Chow's behaviour at Tuesday's debate was "rather appalling".

"She behaves like she wants to be seen as an attack dog and does things like calling Ford and Tory, in one fell swoop, a couple of millionaires when she's sitting and living high off the hog on our dollars," said Shurman of the former Toronto Danforth MP. "Could I have I used better language? Sure I could have used better language, but I expressed something visceral."

Chow addressed the controversy online, about an hour after Shurman spoke on the Live Drive.  The mayoral candidate tweeted as part of a discussion about women running for municipal office in Toronto.

Chow joins John Moore on Moore in the Morning Thursday at 7:15 am to discuss the comments.

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  1. Don't worry posted on 07/17/2014 06:29 AM
    Don't worry Peter. Just a little bit of Rob Ford rubbing off on everyone else.
    We don't have standards anymore.
    1. Sonny posted on 07/17/2014 09:32 AM
      @Don't worry The pundits who are usually Conservative MPPs(Ex), from the Post and/or Sun are obviously anti Chow. Ford is their bread & butter...
    2. tanjo posted on 07/17/2014 01:32 PM
      @Don't worry This is a valid point. In the same debate, Ford also claimed that Tory was just a shadow of Chow, also trying to lump them both together. Equally laughable, but nobody has called him a biatch yet. Not that I know of, anyway.
  2. tanjo posted on 07/17/2014 07:59 AM
    Honestly, isn't a little "biatchiness" a good thing on council? If you are getting along with everyone, then you are not really pushing your agenda forward, are you?

    The fact that Shurman repeated the comment says more about him than Chow, but seriously, if you are offended by this, you shouldn't be in politics.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 07/17/2014 10:59 AM
      @tanjo This is just an instance of Christie Blatchford rubbing off on Peter Shurman- because it was during yesterday's morning table where Shurman heard it- as well as the other panelists.
      I'm not defending Chow, or even saying the term isn't unwarranted. But it would be interesting what Chow's reaction would be if it was Blatchford who she heard it from instead of Peter Shurman.
    2. Setting Karl Straight posted on 07/17/2014 12:31 PM
      @Karl Burgin Hey Karl (wrong again) Burgin ... Shurman said it first followed by an opinion from Blatchford that was requested by John Moore.

      If you're going to "quote" something that happened, you probably should have listened to the round table to begin with ... or listened with both ears and actually hear what was said and by whom.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 07/17/2014 12:37 PM
      @Setting Karl Straight Though you might be right donny, and seem to be showing glimpses of civility, wouldn't it be more helpful if for once, you just posted under your own name?

      And before you respond with some intrepid insult, I am giving you a compliment- so hopefully you're not offended by it.
    4. tanjo posted on 07/17/2014 01:24 PM
      @Karl Burgin I heard it again and what bothered me most wasn't the words, but the vindictive way in which he said it. Christie by contract was very matter of fact about it. Shurman sounded like it was personal, Blatchford did not.

      Olivia's response just enforces my opinion of her: that she is a bit soft and in over her head.

      I give them both a fail.
    5. Setting Karl Straight Again posted on 07/17/2014 01:26 PM
      @Karl Burgin Donny isn't the only one that can post under a different name. I suspect if the insults aren't there, then it is not him.
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 07/17/2014 01:32 PM
      @Setting Karl Straight Again My apologies then....
    7. Accepting Karl's apology after setting him straight posted on 07/17/2014 01:33 PM
      @Karl Burgin Not necessary, but I accept :)
    8. Karl Burgin posted on 07/17/2014 01:49 PM
      @tanjo You could be right.
      With Christie, she was more critiquing the Chow's responses, whereas Shurman was outright directing the term towards Chow herself.

      My gut tells me that because they're both the product of actual party politics (Shurman = PC; Chow = NDP), that is probably the source of the conflict and the comment.
  3. Jim posted on 07/17/2014 08:07 AM
    A simple solution for Chow, if you don't like being called a bitch, don't act like one.
  4. Mark posted on 07/17/2014 09:14 AM
    He could (should?) have called her worse, but then it would get bleeped out.
  5. JC posted on 07/17/2014 09:32 AM
    Olivia needs to put on her big girl panties and suck it up. If she thinks being called a bitch is bad now, should she become Mayor (hopefully not), she is going to be called a lot worse. I know, I'm probably going to be the one saying it!
  6. don was right posted on 07/17/2014 09:40 AM
    shoudl have called her a commie. Got brainwashed under Mao, Wants to bring the same to Toronto.
    1. Sonny posted on 07/17/2014 11:19 AM
      @don was right OR don is wrong. Chow grew up in Hong Kong which was under the British. Interesting many of the Media pundits are Jewish, like Peter and are still trying to sway things to the Cons side with wording. I'll refer to Christie as Biatchford...
  7. don was right posted on 07/17/2014 09:50 AM
    I guess when you can't speak English properly after 24 years in Canada, biatch sounds like bitch. Sad.
  8. moses posted on 07/17/2014 09:53 AM
    Peter is Jewish so lets cut him some slack. he has an excuse
  9. Frankie posted on 07/17/2014 10:39 AM
    Olivia Chow has been living off the public teat way too long. In the real world women are often paid less and part of the reason is they're not as aggressive as men in pushing for higher wages. As to golf, if you're working in an environment where golf is helpful to your career then you'd best take up golf.

    Not everyone is lucky enough to live off the taxpayer. I find Chow's response to Tory's comments distasteful and disrespectful to my daughters who have confirmed what John Tory expressed.

    I have less kind words for Chow than Shurman, not because she's a woman, but because I believe she's an idiot!
    1. don was right posted on 07/17/2014 11:11 AM
      @Frankie She learned sucking teh govt teat from her parents ( read her bio) and she also learned the communist way.

      And stop insulting idiots.
  10. john posted on 07/17/2014 03:25 PM
    why dos he have to apologize for saying that . oh right politicians are not suppose to tell the truth .
  11. Ed Sweet posted on 07/17/2014 03:29 PM
    Sorry, Olivia (I am nothing without Taliban Jack) Chow is not a Major League Bitch. She is a Minor League Bitch at the best of times.
  12. beckie posted on 07/17/2014 10:05 PM
    Totally fair! Why should she be the only one to tell the truth??!! God help us if she is able to sneak up the middle and win - which is her only way of winning! And what is it with her 2 different accents - LOL!

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