Two recent headlines make for an interesting comparison between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party.
First, here’s one from earlier in the week about the Conservatives:
Harper misses his chance to woo women
Gender gap might have cost Conservatives a majority in the last election
JANET BAGNALL, The Gazette
Published: Thursday, August 16
Prime Minister Stephen Harper either missed or doesn't believe a recent Canadian study that showed that if as many women had supported the Conservatives in the 2006 election as men, his party might have scraped together enough seats for a majority. Instead, the Conservative party ended up forming a minority government with the smallest share of seats in Canadian history.
Since he did nothing in his cabinet shuffle Tuesday to correct the impression that women are, in his view, trustworthy for only soft, i.e., traditionally female, portfolios such as culture, we can conclude that he apparently thinks he can win a majority without them.
And here’s one today from the Liberals:
Liberal Party of Canada Announces Michelle Simson as Candidate
August 17, 2007
OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion today appointed Michelle Simson as the Party's candidate in the riding of Scarborough Southwest.
"Mrs. Simson’s strength, tenacity and passion for the people of Scarborough will make her a strong Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest. Her vast political experience is a tremendous asset to our team," said Mr. Dion, who has the power to appoint candidates in accordance with the Party’s nomination rules.
“As a step towards ensuring more equal female representation in Parliament, I committed to at least one third female Liberal candidates in the next election. I’m so pleased Mrs. Simson will be among our slate of qualified, skilled and experienced women on the Liberal team,” he added.
It’s kind of striking when seen back to back like that. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers