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Canadian parliament hasn’t even been back in session for a week and certain MPs are already being less than diplomatic. On Tuesday, Conservative MP Gerry Ritz responded to an article about the Paris Climate Agreement on Twitter, and referred to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna as ‘climate Barbie.’

Catherine McKenna is not only the Environment Minister, she is an accomplished international trade lawyer, was a senior negotiator on a U.N. Peacekeeping mission, founded Canadian Lawyers Abroad and holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics. So she’s pretty well-qualified for her job. Not that any woman, regardless of qualifications and education should be referred to in a derogatory way because of her gender. McKenna didn’t work her whole life to get to where she is for some man to dismiss her as a Barbie though and she clapped back.

She also got a lot of support from the Twitter community. Ritz later deleted the tweet and then tweeted out what seemed like a reluctant apology.

‘I apologize for my use of Barbie, it is not reflective of the role the Minister plays,’ he wrote. Apologies like these are problematic for a number of reasons. First of all, it implies that it is appropriate to refer to a woman in the way he did, but he just shouldn’t have talked about McKenna like that. It’s also basically a ‘Sorry you were offended’ apology rather than addressing the root problem here which is: women still face male resistance in politics (and the workplace in general), and it’s comments like this that discourage them from even trying a lot of the time.

As McKenna says, it’s encouraging to see such a supportive response from people, and it’s important to continue to call out sexist behaviour when it happens. Although the frequency with which we see it still is incredibly disappointing.