Although TIME Magazine changed its Man of the Year award to a more politically-correct “Person of the Year,” sometime along the way, you can count the number of women who’ve single-handedly won the award on one, erm, hand–the last being Filipino president Corazon Aquino back in ’86. Buncha sexist, chauvinist pigs, if you ask me. Thus, with no further ado, I give you my Woman of the Year 2011…
Ruth Ellen Brosseau
No semi-finalists in this competition, as there can be only one. I have been fascinated with the new Berthier-Maskinongé MP ever since her election, even if I once offered to take her place and had a brief dalliance with Niki Ashton. Never has someone so unqualified and unprepared for public office been thrust into the national media spotlight by agreeing to put her name on the ballot as a paper candidate, then being unexpectedly swept to victory in a far-off riding where she didn’t even speak the language.
Yet for all her hardships, R-E has acquitted herself reasonably well. She’s learning French, attending local events in the riding, and even taking the opportunity to smack-talk Tony Clement in the House of Commons. As a matter of fact, she’ll be appearing on the year-end edition of popular Radio-Canada talk show Tout le Monde en Parle tomorrow nite at 7:30 pm, where she’ll confront Gilles Duceppe, a man who once criticized her election, saying «on a élu une personne dans Berthier-Maskinongé qui dit “Quand ça parle trop vite, mon ‘brain’ ne suit pas”» (Translation: We’ve elected someone in Berthier-Maskinongé who says “My brain doesn’t follow when they talk too fast.”). I can’t hardly wait. As Mme Brosseau might say, «Je suis vraiment, vraiment excité» for this episode.
For a taste of what’s to come, check out this interview she did with a local public access TV channel back in September:
(Okay, I’ll admit it. I only picked her cuz she’s hot.)