The Gun Control Yenta
From the London Free Press Web Site, Sept. 4/08 (not long before the Federal Election):
The Harper Conservatives routinely poll 10 percentage points lower among women than men. Since women outnumber men in
In fact, the Conservatives are the most woman-free party in Parliament, with women making up only 11 per cent of the Government caucus; where women made up one-quarter to one-third of candidates among the other parties for the 2006 election, women only accounted for 12 per cent of Conservative candidates. But despite the fact that they need more of us to achieve majority government status, they still haven't figured out that this means providing policies progressive Canadians, women among them, can support.
Instead of a national daycare policy, they throw us $100 a month in pin money. Instead of respecting the laws of the country--whether it be concerning the gun registry or the fixed election date which they made such a fetish-this Conservative government gives legislation it finds inconvenient a pass. Instead of statesmanship, we get mud-slinging and a Prime Minister too busy to attend when
Instead of protecting and enhancing women's rights, we get the gutting of the Status of Women office. Instead of spearheading national standards on diagnostics for pathology labs (which might prevent the kinds of snafus that continue to endanger hundreds of women with breast cancer across the country), instead of laws that ensure equal access to abortion, we get a proposal to make it "an offence to injure, cause the death of or attempt to cause the death of a child before or during its birth while committing or attempting to commit an offence against the mother." So glad they're on top of this epidemic, at least.
Instead of the promised new openness and transparency in government, we get attempts to hide our soldiers' coffins when they arrive on planes from
Instead of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, or even Sarah Palin, we get Laureen Harper: under the 'Leader' menu, the Conservative website gives her thirteen photos to Stephen's one, and commentary that highlights her offering
The modern gender gap in Canadian politics dates to 1993, when an eleven-point gap in support among women outside
Women, as Gildengil and her fellow political scientists put it, have "different political priorities and concerns than men," which may be overstating things a tad. Still, it's perhaps clear to everyone except the Conservative brain trust that they need us to win a majority. Given how little progress they have made on the gender front, it truly boggles the mind that Mr. Harper is champing at the bit to drop the writs.