I hate gender bias of any form that gives a woman something they may not otherwise be entitled to merely because they have breasts. Yes,we women have been historically marginalized in a plethora of ways, but I have never agreed to simply enforcing gender minimums in hiring requirements or any other capacity to improve the situation.
The NDP are now finding themselves in a bind because of such idiocy. According to their own gender rules, the new leader of the NDP must be a woman, since it is a woman vacating the position, unless the very male Moe Sihota, president, or Bob Smits, treasurer, step down and one of their positions is filled by a woman.
It is stupidity, idiocy, and bad policy – pure and simple. The best person for the position should get the job, regardless of sex, religion, colour, etc.
Question is, who came up with this policy in the first place, and why do they intend to keep it, as stated in this story from The Times-Colonist?
VICTORIA — The next leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party will have to be a woman, unless the party’s male president or treasurer resigns, according to gender rules in the NDP constitution. The unique requirement, buried within the NDP’s official rule book, adds an extra layer of complexity in the race to replace leader Carole James.
The constitution states both genders must be represented in the jobs of party leader, president and treasurer. The current president is Moe Sihota, and the treasurer is Bob Smits. James is stepping down later this month, and virtually all those who have publicly said they are considering the job are men.
“If the constitution is going to be complied with, one of those other officers needs to resign and be replaced with a woman,” said former NDP provincial representative David Schreck, who first publicized the gender clause on his Twitter account Friday.”There’s only one way out and that is Sihota or Smits has to be replaced by a woman.”
The only benefit to this embarrassing rule is that it might be the best way to get rid of Moe Sihota,whose name recognition and Liberal- like, heavy baggage is doing nothing to assist the party in presenting a competent face to the people of BC. ( bloody funny link embedded there)