While many are hailing a Vancouver City Councillor for pushing gender parity at Vancouver City Hall, at least one politician in a neighbourhing municipality says it’s a bad idea.
Vision Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer is putting forward a motion proposing all advisory committees be required to have 50% female representation.
But Coquitlam City Councillor Terry O’Neill, who fears the policy could spread to other cities, insists it’s taking a step backwards.
“I belive in equality of opportunity not of outcome.”
On his official blog, O’Neill writes “just say ‘no’ to prejudiced hirings and appointments.”
O’Neill says he believes in merit, not quotas.
“As long as we provide open and free opportunity and look for the best highest quality people, that should be what our outcome should be.”
He writes employees and appointees should have the certainty that they earned their position because of their talents, and were not handed it because of an intrinsically-biased criterion.
He adds that he feels the same way about Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to create a cabinet with a 50-50 gender balance.
Reimer argues the policy would reduce barriers for women and encourage female participation in public life.