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There is a motion that has been put forward by Montreal Liberal MP, Marlene Jennings that would have taxpayers give political parties a few extra bucks based on the percentage of women they manage to get elected to Parliament.
Because I suspect that we are moving into desperate times I am in favour of anything that will get more women into government.
So when I saw that the Niagara Falls Review had posted an article about this Bill, (Bill C-552), I read it with great interest.
I also read the comments.
I must tell you, my comment was the only one in favour of the motion.
The majority of the comments came from REAL women and I was shocked at how many of them used the 'f' word.
Now my New Year's Resolution was to look for common ground with people and groups whose beliefs make me uncomfortable so I decided to check out REAL Women of Canada, (Realistic, Equal, Active Living).
This is what I found:
"Before women can have equality with men, we must first have equality among ourselves and this means a tolerance and respect for the differing views of other women.
This also means a recognition, not only of the dignity of the individual, but also for the fact that women have always required more than just one voice to speak for our concerns."
I almost took out a lifetime membership.
However REAL Women wants to tighten divorce laws, is not pro-choice in the abortion debate, is homophobic and anti-union, doesn't seem overly sympathetic towards single moms, is against legalizing prostitution, etc. etc.
But what really shocked me was the way they bandied about that darn old 'f' word.
When asked if her organization approved of Ms Jennings' effort to bring more women to Parliament Hill, Gwen Lanolt, representing REAL Women, said, "What they are really saying is that they want more ...
Get ready for the 'f' word...
She added, "And most of these ...
here it comes again ...
don't utter a word that most women would agree with."
What happened to our common ground, Gwen - the part where we tolerate and respect the views of other women and the dignity of individuals?