Wow! I was already impressed with Dion’s commitment to raise the profile of women in politics by ensuring that they made up at least 33% of Liberal candidates in the next election. I recently posted on the nomination meetings of two women nominated as Liberal candidates for the Southern Vancouver Island Region. Anne Park Shannon was nominated for Victoria and Briony Penn for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Both women enthusiastically expressed how excited and pleased they were that Dion’s advocacy had given them such an amazing opportunity.
The female writer argues that if we agree that we should equalize the number of men and women in politics, then why are we not doing the same for ethnic minorities, gay/lesbian persons, etc.? Let’s see…the last time I checked, all minorities, gay/lesbian people are still also….. men and women. Imagine that? What a ridiculous argument for continuing with the status quo. It’s very disheartening to see female members of the media calling down progressive action to advance the cause of including more women in Canadian politics.
However, it’s obvious not everyone at CanWest holds this opinion as shown by this article, “Dion effort shows women willing to run for office” which provides a more positive perspective on this issue.