Friday, July 27, 2007

"Many worried about…"

…making the news, apparently. How many are "many" and why they are worried aren't the the pertinent questions in the school of anxiety journalism — just as long as there are "many" and they're worried, someone out there might at least take it into their head that they should be worried enough to read the damned story.

Former Ontario NDP MPP Marilyn Churley warns that "a gender-balanced legislature is unlikely unless Ontario residents vote to change the system" to a mixed-member proportional representation system that will be put to voters this fall.

A growing number of prominent women have said they aren't running again in the coming election, including two Liberal cabinet ministers and NDP veteran Shelley Martel. That's left many worried about gender balance in provincial politics.
If women must be sneaked into parliament under party lists instead of being chosen by voters, who will they be representing? Proportions or people? And why is the Canadian Press even reporting what Churley, who isn't acting as a representative of anyone these days, has to say?

4 comments:

rg said...

This is why I'll never move back to Ontario. Too "many worried". Out here on the tundra, I prefer to be "cautiously optimistic".

BlackmarketPies said...

The only way you could possibly be worried about a "lack" of women in politics would be if you sincerely believe that a person's sex organs dictate their intelligence and principles. Same goes for any worry over blacks or asians or even homosexuals in parliament: a person's skin color or biology has about as much control over their decisions (or should, at any rate) as their eye or hair color. Ridiculous.

John Nicklin said...

If we don't "worry" we might take time to notice what's really happening behind the scenes. That would be unforgivable. Michael Cricton is on record as saying that we live in a state of fear, we fear everything even though we live longer, more productive lives in a world that is far safer than our ancestors enjoyed. It pitiful.

Why should we worry about the sex balance in government? I don't know, its just another smoke screen to get us to accept proportional representation instead of representation by polulation. If more women, people of colour, gays, etc., want to be in government, they can seek nomination just like anyone else. Why don't these people ask their local riding associations about this, instead of demanding equal time?

John Nicklin said...

ANd, before anyone gets on a rant about white male dominance, I vote for the person who will represent me best. That could be anyone, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, colour or ethnic origin. All I ask is for the best representation I can get.

And right now its pretty pathetic on all fronts.

I need another beer.