Enza Supermodel Anderson
Ian, & the Supermodel Team:
on your success in injecting GLT issues into the Alliance Party campaign,
and for generating much needed discussion in the media and public forums.
Bourassa and Joe Varnell
For Immediate Release - January 31, 2002
ENZA PULLS OUT
This morning at a Media Conference in Toronto, ENZA SUPERMODEL ANDERSON,
Canada's only Drag Queen politician officially withdrew from the Canadian
Alliance Leadership race.
Here are excerpts from her remarks...
" You know, back in December, just six weeks ago, who would have
thought that a Drag Queen could run for Stockwell Days job? Probably
Who would have thought that a Drag Queen would have the balls to speak
in front of 400 staunch Canadian Alliance members in Chatham, Ontario?
To hold them accountable for their past sins of racism, bigotry and homophobia?
Probably very few!
Yet dozens of these people came up to me afterwards to congratulate me
and say, "this was what the Canadian Alliance Party really needed
Folks, this has been an incredible ride, and I truly believe that Ive
already made a big difference in Canadian politics.
My website, ENZA.CA, has had over 200,000 visitors
. and Ive
received well over 6,000 emails in support of my campaign.
In just six weeks my fabulous team and I have managed to come up with
well over the 300 people required to nominate me, from all over Canada,
in 85 different ridings, in all 10 provinces. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR
FAITH IN ME!!! Without you folks Im NOBODY!!!
Every media poll, serious or not, has had me on top.... Literally! So
Ive pinched a few nerves in Canadian politics.
And you guys, the media all across this great country of ours, are so
supportive. Legs up to you girls and boys!
While we did receive some help from some Bay Street people, it didn'tt
come close to reaching our goal. To date, we have raised about $7,500
Not enough to get us there!
For the past few days Ive had my legal team looking into the
possibility of mounting a court challenge under Section Three of the Canadian
Charter, which basically states that every citizen has the right to run
in an election regardless of their personal financial means.
However, Ive been told that this challenge would cost in excess
of a quarter of a million dollars, and would take several years to reach
the Supreme Court of Canada. We have neither the resources nor the time.
I really dont want to lay any blame, but I have to tell you that
getting people to sign up to be a member of the Canadian Alliance was
like ripping pantyhose. Hands up those of you who know how to rip
People would say, ENZA, I want to support you but I just cannot
bring myself to join the Alliance Party because they really FREAK me out.
That, Ladies and Gentlemen was the biggest stumbling block I encountered
and I really believe that the lack of support for my nomination bid is
a scathing indictment on the Canadian Alliance for their racist, bigoted
and homophobic views.
.. unless some sugar daddy comes along in the next few hours
and maybe CONRAD BLACK might like to get involved with my campaign
or someone like him, then honey, Im toast! Thank you!"
ENZA then presented a cheque for $700 to Kyle Scanlon, Executive Director
of the LESBIAN, GAY BI YOUTH LINE". The cheque was part of an agreement
reached by organizers of the fundraising party they put on for ENZA at
the MOCKINGBIRD last week. If ENZA did not make the ballot
then all funds raised at this party would be donated to the Youth Line.