TORONTO - Olivia Chow went sleeveless Thursday on Sun News Network to support female anchors at the new national station after they were called “skanks” by critics.
Chow and her husband, NDP Leader Jack Layton, were guests on The Roundtable hosted by Alex Pierson and Pat Bolland where they talked about Layton’s historic breakthrough in Quebec, with polls showing his party ahead of the separatist Bloc.
During a commercial break, Chow removed her jacket and finished the couple’s hour-long segment in a fashionable sleeveless top - similar to the outfits many of the female anchors wear, including Pierson.
Asked later why she took offer her jacket, the NDP candidate for the Trinity-Spadina riding in Toronto said she wanted to make a statement, to bring attention to why name-calling and derogatory attacks are among the reasons women stay away from politics.
“We need to elect more women in politics. It’s not what they wear that matters - it’s the ideas they bring forward.”
The NDP can boast that 40% of its candidates this election are women - a Canadian record and the most of all parties.
The vice president of Sun News defended his stable of anchors and their wardrobes, and joined Chow in her condemnation of sexist attacks.
“When it comes to what women wear, Sun News supports the right to bare arms,” said Kory Teneycke.
Luiza Ch. Savage, bureau chief for Macleans magazine in Washington, has apologized for the “Skank TV” remark she Twittered.