Answer: they love their men. And that love was reaffirmed when the party voted for testosterone candidates in three out of the four weekend nomination races - capping off a week of bad press about the party's gender-balance problem. So why do the provincial New Democrats seem to prefer candidates with hair on their chests? Well, last week, party leader Carole James blathered something about "women putting their names in later than a lot of the men did in the nominations" giving the men a "head start" signing-up supporters. Or perhaps the women should have spent more time campaigning and less time going on four week-long kayaking trips? But one senior insider suggested this might be another contributing factor: "I think there are folks in the party, old-liners, who have never been fond of the women's rights committee. And they think, because we have a female as a leader, that's enough." So the men get the rest of the party.
February 6, 2005