Speaking with The National's Peter Mansbridge on Monday, former federal New Democrat leader Alexa McDonough said the Tories and the Grits "don't take seriously that it matters whether women are elected or not. They love to trot out a particular high-profile woman from time to time. They don't have a problem saying women we're so important we're going to appoint them and absolutely crush the democracy - the democratic grassroots process in a riding. But they don't take it seriously in overall terms." Crushing democracy, eh? So would that include setting aside 40 percent of the New Democrat's non-incumbent ridings for women and other affirmative action candidates? Or how about using heavy-handed tactics to ensure that policy is put into place? Just askin'!
June 4, 2008