by Naomi Lakritz
“Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl,” the very quotable Nellie McClung once said.
But look who’s doing the howling now. Men. And on behalf of women.
Last Sunday marked the 80th anniversary of the Persons Case, when women were officially declared to be “persons” eligible for Senate appointments. Roger Gibbins, president and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, wrote a column for the Herald “howling” about the lack of progress women have made politically. Among the examples he cited were Green party Leader Elizabeth May, who “failed to win a seat in 2008 and whose Green party holds no seats in Parliament.” If May failed to win a seat in 2008, it’s not because she’s a woman. It’s because she made the really dumb decision to run against incumbent Tory Peter MacKay in the riding of Central Nova. Could we please hold people responsible for the choices they make instead of absolving them of responsibility because they possess ovaries?