I hate discrimination. Over the course of my life I have been discriminated against: by religion, by language, even by physical appearance: it is an ugly experience, unfair and an indefensible way of selecting or excluding someone from any position.
And I have witnessed many others facing much worse discrimination than I …on the basis of their colour, their sex, their sexual orientation, their ethnicity, their physical handicaps, their beliefs … even their dress. Horrible!
I have always believed a person should be judged/evaluated totally and solely on the basis of their ability, their character and their integrity. Period!!
And I used to think the BC NDP felt this way too. But quite apparently not!
The NDP, in choosing their candidate for the Oct. 29 Vancouver-Fairview by-election, where I reside and vote, was reportedly operating under a new set of rules, adopted by the party at its convention in Nov. 2007.
According to media reports at the time, the aim of the policy is to increase the number of women, visible minorities, youth and disabled put forward as candidates.
At the time, the NDP had seven women in its 33-member provincial caucus: and as I understand it, the goal was to increase that by nominating women in at least 30 per cent of the seats not held by the party at the time of any election or by-election.
With Gregor Robertson quitting as Vancouver-Fraserview MLA to seek the Vancouver mayoralty, the door was open for the new political correctness … and into the fray, apparently bolstered by the new policy and philosophy, came NDP candidate Jenn McGinn.
From the party’s point of view … she was perfect: not just a woman, but an openly gay one to boot, complete with a partner. An account manager for Vancity Credit Union, she has also served on a number of community boards. Quite capable, no doubt.
So couldn’t she win the nomination without the party’s new philosophy or politically correct posturing hanging over Vancouver-Fairview NDP members heads ?
McGinn may meet the party’s new criteria very well; she may be a terrific candidate; she could make an effective MLA … but I hate quotas; I hate discrimination; I reject selecting or rejecting ANY potential candidate from runnning for a nomination or for any post on the basis of gender, colour, race, religion etc. etc.
How can that be fair? I don’t think it is. And a message should be sent to the NDP about that.
In my own view, voting for McGinn would condone the NDP’s new politically correct policy of discrimination and quotas … not something I will be supporting Oct 29.