I’ve never been big on quotas – I don’t actually care how many women run for office. But these people do. And they, well, blunder a bit, no?
Apparently “equal” now means 33%
For Immediate Release
June 18, 2009
Statement to the House of Commons on the Equal Voice Challenge
I rise in defence of a process of change and renewal that is as old as Parliament itself.
With the passage of time, this House has come increasingly to encompass the breadth of our country’s diversity-
-of language, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, and culture.
But we must always desire to be more representative of the population.
And today, I stand before this House to act on part of that desire.
Today, on behalf of my party, I accept the Equal Voice Challenge.
The Liberal Party is committed to having more women in politics-
-and in government, after the next election.
Today, I pledge on behalf of my party, that in the next election, no fewer than one-third of our Liberal candidates will be women.
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Office of the Leader of the Opposition
Rebecca adds: So essentially, the position of the Liberal Party is that it isn’t up to the electorate to decide whom they want to represent them, but rather that we have to narrow the options available to the unwashed masses in a manner that conforms to elite opinion about the optimal composition of the House. The ramifications of this are quite extraordinary, and wholly incompatible with meaningful democracy.
Andrea adds: I personally am looking for more animal representation. Like those talking dogs from the movie Up. Loved them, and would see the movie again, just for this. That’s my concern and my weighty contribution to this discussion. (I do not care whether the dogs are male or female.)by