The provincial government authority responsible for providing services to the developmentally disabled has been getting guidance from what some may consider an eyebrow-raising source. Back in January, Laurie Geschke, the national president of REAL Women of Canada, was made a member of the 10-person committee charged with advising Community Living British Columbia's board of directors.
REAL Women of Canada, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this coming May, champions a number of social conservative causes - including a commitment to "promote, secure and defend legislation which upholds the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and family life" and "support the right to life of all innocent individuals from conception to natural death."
In an interview with Public Eye, New Democrat children and family development critic Nicholas Simons described Geschke's appointment to the committee as "quiet disquieting." Added Mr. Simons, "you know where she stands on every issue. And she's guilelessly open about it. But I don't think she fits in the mainstream of our society. And maybe that should be who's advising our board is someone who fits within the mainstream."
But the authority's acting communications director Roslyn Ingram says she doesn't see a conflict between Geschke lobbying and the activities of the advisory committee - which is presently focused on addressing transportation access issues for the developmentally disabled. "And if there was, we're aware what her position is. And she would have to advise us of the conflict."