Equal Voice Alberta is calling for more women to run in next October’s elections.
Sounds good to me. After all, I have a wife and daughters and grand-daughters and sisters and some pretty smart colleagues.
And what does our audience say about getting more women in politics?
Lori asks, “What happened to qualifications? Gender does not make you right for the job.”
Venessa asks, “Why is it not the most qualified and best person for the position?”
Sue says, “Gender is not a qualification, it’s doing the job well.”
Lesley says, “Gender should not be a factor, any more than the old boy’s network.”
Amen to that.
Shaylyn says, “Council should be made up of people who worked to get there and know what they are doing, not because of a certain demographic.”
Naomi asks, “Isn’t getting someone on the ballot because they are a woman a form of discrimination?”
At the moment, we have only one female on City Council, Bev Esslinger, and she is eminently qualified.
I’m sure Equal Voice will be asking about qualifications when they encourage a woman to run.
Gender does not affect my vote, but one of the qualifications I am looking for, in a woman or a man, is good old common sense.
Let me know what you think.