As an ardent observer of politics and the political process I have always been keen to situations and incidents that may serve to turn more people off the political process.. and keep people out of it.
Case in point was the September posting of Georgia Collins, who was campaigning to become the candidate for the BC NDP in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. It was disturbing.
Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight touched on this today: http://www.straight.com/news/849096/vancouver-island-new-democrat-georgia-collins-withdraws-nomination-race-citing-sexism as a follow up to his original story found here: http://www.straight.com/news/785511/bc-ndp-mla-aspirant-georgia-collins-claims-she-received-death-threats-suspicious-fire .
Despite not knowing Georgia Collins beyond her public and online presence, my concern back in September was great.
At that time Georgia had already been dealing with serious issues of intimidation and harassment for over a year and it had seriously impacted her campaign as her original post stated.
The atmosphere for many female politicians in the public realm has been a big issue in 2016, where in the age and comfort of anonymous online accounts, anyone seems to be able to say anything about female politicians, and female public figures, whether it’s true or not.
There have been countless stories of death threats, online abuse, sexism, harassment and it is an issue that may serve to deter many women from political service. It is without a doubt, an issue that *must* be taken seriously whether online, in the workplace or in the political arena.
This evening I am taking time to post even though I have family visiting, after receiving leaked documents that are legal in nature, along with internal communication among high level BC NDP officials and politicians.
After seeking legal advice, I am choosing to post just one of the leaked documents with names redacted for two reasons.
First and foremost, I have safety concerns, based on the prior harassment she has received.
Two: I have concern for the process or lack thereof, for those dealing with serious complaints in any capacity, in any and every political party. Why?
Because it is 2016. And this is a progressive party who knows better.