Ottawa February 2 2017: The Liberal government becomes more irrational each week. It is immersing itself in mindless politically correct policies bearing no resemblance to the real life of Canadians or their opinions.
Unfortunately, the Conservative MP’s (with one exception) appear to be joining the Liberals in this irrationality, buckling under pressure because of fear of criticism from the mainstream media. As a result the Canadian population is being dragged into a quagmire of eccentric legislation.
On February 1, 2017 Bill C-309, An Act to Establish Gender Equality Week, introduced by Liberal MP Sven Spengemann (Mississauga-Lakeshore), passed second reading in the House of Commons and has been referred to the Committee on the Status of Women. No opposition was raised to this absurd legislation except for Conservative MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University), who identified the bill for the nonsense it is.
This bill is a testament to a politically correct list of feminist grievances and unsubstantiated demands, based solely on ideology, not fact. The preamble to the bill states that all women, including transgendered women (based on their gender identity and expression) and lesbians, are hapless victims of society. Poverty, violence, barriers to education and employment, barriers to political representation and health care and denial of representation on executive or board management, are the purported fate of Canadian women.
Very few women today live in this deplorable state, perhaps some aboriginal women or new immigrant women, but not the vast majority of Canadian women.
Bill c-309 is a wildly inaccurate summary of women in Canada today. The truth is as follows:
- There are nearly three women for every two men in universities, and at some universities three in every four students are women.
- Three out of five medical school graduates are women; 53 per cent of law school grads are women.
- More than half of newly chartered accountants (52 per cent) are women.
- At the University of Toronto, women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in engineering.
- At the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, 29 per cent of first-year engineering students are women with the university expecting gender parity in engineering by 2020.
- Women dominate enrollment in traditional ‘female’ fields like the social sciences, where enrollment is 68 per cent. In English literature it’s 83 per cent, in nursing it’s 88.8 per cent across the country.
- Of the undergraduate students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph Ontario enrolled, in 2015, 83 women and 18 men. In the graduate program there were 14 women and three men.
- The percentage of women architecture students at University of British Columbia is 62.7 per cent and at University of Toronto it is 45 per cent. The same proportions hold for community and urban planning: 62 per cent women at University of Toronto and 59.5 per cent at University of British Columbia.
- Gender parity at Canada’s dentistry programs has been a fact for several years.
- The Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto in 2016 admitted 52% women in its first-year class.
- Laurentian’s MBA in Thunder Bay is 60 per cent female.
The House of Commons has become a laughing stock. It has lost credibility and any respect from rational, thinking, intelligent Canadians. How can we trust the House of Commons to deal with genuine issues such as the economy, jobs and terrorism when it has exposed itself so blatantly to a profound lack of common sense?