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Monday, October 22, 2007

Crazy for quotas

The B.C. NDP just can't get any traction. Saddled with a weak leader, Carole James, the party runs a distant second in poll after poll after poll behind Gordon Campbell's B.C. Liberal Party. And a recent leak from party HQ is bound to further marginalize the New Democrats.

Apparently, party brass is intending to set aside a high percentage of nominations--in ridings not currrently held by the NDP--for women and "persons of colour, gay/lesbian/bi/transgendered people, youth, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities."

Talk about a crazy quilt of special-interest groups. I'm predicting this quota-driven, "equality of outcome" scheme will backfire on the New Democrats.

Here's my recent Face to Face column on the subject in the Tri-City News, and here's that of my debating partner, Mary Woo Sims.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on October 22, 2007 in Canadian Provincial Politics | Permalink


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Don't "complain" so loudly! We want them to trot this loony idea out, defend it and let the voters pass judgement on it.


Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-10-22 1:30:24 PM

Is this not similar to DeYawns' policy - except that HE crosses party lines to back a woman- the leader of the Greenies.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-22 1:36:45 PM

The NDP had better run a couple of illegal aliens as well. One from somewhere on earth and perhaps one from off-world just to round out the ticket.

Posted by: John | 2007-10-22 4:25:30 PM

John ~

Isn't it sufficient that the Lieberals are running a French citizen for Prime Minister?

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-22 4:33:17 PM

Epsilon, actually they would not see it that way at all. For these nutters they are the enlightened and progressive ones whose duty is to attempt to raise the level of us common folk.

Posted by: Alain | 2007-10-22 5:35:02 PM

So the Lieberals get caught again! Turns out they too have data bases on Canadians:

"Tories accuse Grits of invading privacy"

Liberal MPs use a constituent database that has some of the same invasive privacy capabilities as the maligned Conservative party system, according to a promotional web site for the software.

Peter Van Loan, the Conservative House leader, happily recited Monday the potential tools touted by The AIT Corp for its ElectSYS database.

Van Loan told the House of Commons those features include tracking voter intention and tracking birthdays and anniversaries in order to send greeting cards.

While Van Loan declined to be interviewed afterward, his inference was that the Liberals are being hypocrital for attacking a Conservative party database that privacy experts say breaches privacy ethics.

HOW DO YOU spell hipppocritttes?

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-22 6:19:01 PM

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