Thursday, April 23, 2009

Carole James: Your Riding Gets The One-Legged Gay Guy

From the South Asian Post:

In a dubious Canadian first that is being played out in the on-going B.C. election campaign, the NDP has reserved about 30 per cent of its ridings for female candidates and another 10 per cent has been designated for "youth, gay/lesbian/bi/transgendered, persons of colour, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities."

A little background on Ray Lam:

Lam’s credentials for being selected as a NDP candidate came from his involvement in gay rights groups and the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade, among other distinctions.

And more on the NDP's "no men allowed" ridings.

I am not entirely against the principle here, but this seems as heavy handed as Bob Rae's infamous Jobmart Ad.

10 comments:

Dr.Dawg said...

Not a very nice hed, BCL. Just sayin'.

bigcitylib said...

Well, lets see:

Dawg,

"...youth,gay/lesbian/bi/transgendered, persons of colour, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities."

Well, 10% of 79 ridings is eight, so I suppose the NDP could designate one youth, one person of colour, one aboriginal, and etc. and not have to double up.

Ti-Guy said...

You really shouldn't indulge his language policing. It's a tic with the dessicated hippie holdovers and it shouldn't be encouraged.

Reality Bites said...

There's a way to disagree with the policy without coming across as a smirking Blogging Tory.

This was not it.

Leeky Sweek said...

How about just hiring the best person for the job irrespective of any criteria/quotas?

Ti-Guy said...

That's how you end up with Stephen Harper, George Bush, Ezra Levant Mark Steyn, Brittney Spears, all CanWest pundits, the entire financial industry, etc. etc. ad nauseam...

It's kind of quaint that people still believe we live in a meritocracy.

Leeky Sweek said...

"It's kind of quaint that people still believe we live in a meritocracy."

So...open competition is anathema to the Liberal mindset then, eh?

Says a lot...

Ti-Guy said...

So...open competition is anathema to the Liberal mindset then, eh?Are you retarded?

Leeky Sweek said...

"So...open competition is anathema to the Liberal mindset then, eh?Are you retarded?"

Witty. How long did it take you to come up with that response?

Ti-Guy said...

Sorry. Mentally challenged is what I should have used. I hope that isn't anathema to your mindset.