Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sex and the Single Squirrel

Premier Dalton McGuinty has gone on record defending his government’s decision to spend $150,000 in taxpayer’s money to study the sex life of flying squirrels.

Clearly Dalton must be running out of ways to waste our money.

Either that or he has developed some sort of weird fascination with the intimate lives of forest creatures.

Who knows, before long we could see government programs set up to distribute condoms to otters and woodchucks, or perhaps we will have a study on plight of gay porcupines or on the love life of the moose.

Let’s hope the animal rights groups take a stand on all this. After all, surely the state has no place in the bedrooms of our furry friends.

Meanwhile, the Sex Professionals of Canada are talking about the sex life of a different kind of animal: our politicians.

See here for a trenchant analysis of these rankings.

Of course, the real authority on sex is Woody Allen who once said, “Sex between a man and a woman can be absolutely wonderful - provided you get between the right man and the right woman.”

Wonder if it’s the same for flying squirrels?


Monkey Loves to Fight said...

It would be one thing if Alberta was doing this when you consider they are debt free, have the lowest taxes in Canada, yet massive surpluses. However, considering Ontario is still running a deficit, taxes are higher than other provinces, this is definitely a waste of taxpayers money. Not that I would be right anywhere, but at least it would be less harmful in Alberta than Ontario.

Anonymous said...

Maybe John Tory will pledge to fight for this funding to be increased to more sustainable levels?

A Canadian Publius said...

In all seriousness, you might want to read Tom Spears piece on this in the ottawa citizen/Nat Post.

He puts a little more detail into this, noting that Tory's facts were skewed if not wrong. Tory seemed to back track when he was confronted, and its well worth the read...

Anonymous said...

Learn the details about the study before calling it a waste of money. The study isn't about 'squirrel sex', that's just what they say to get your attention. It's about how animals react to climate change, which is a very relevant concern.