Okay, so today's "Thought for the Weekend" isn't really one of those inspirational-type quotes that I usually post but it is one of my all-time favourite quotes from a member of the female gender. (Carolyn Parrish was a member of the Canadian federal Liberal government and I'm providing a brief bit of back-story to put the quote in context)
On May 19, 2005, Paul Martin's Liberal government faced two votes of confidence on its 2005-06 budget legislation. In the days leading up to the vote, Parrish said that she would support the government despite her difficulties with Martin's administration. Her support was critical to the government's survival, given the even division in the house. On the morning of the vote, Parrish informed a media representative that she was suffering from severe pain due to a medical ailment (there was speculation at the time that this was appenditicitis or an ovarian cyst, though informed sources now indicate that it likely was kidney stones). Some media sources speculated that she could be forced to miss the vote, but Parrish denied this, claiming,
- Come hell or high water, there's no frigging way I'm going to let one ovary bring the government down.
She attended the vote, which the government won by one vote.