Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FAGAN NEW LG. A SET BACK TO WOMEN'S EQUALITY?

I have to hand it to Harper, not even a leak prior to yesterday's announcement of the new lieutenant-governor was able to lead to an accurate prediction of  the Prime Minister's choice as the new Queens rep for the Rock and the Big Land.

Someone leaked that the former CEO of the New Tel was going to be anointed. Folks in the media immediately declared it was Vince Withers. Turns out it was Vince's predecessor- Frank Fagan!

Nothing agaisnt Mr. Fagan, I am sure he is going to do the new role justice but the appointment is a slap in the face to women in the province. Newfoundland and Labrador has yet to have a female lieutenant-governor.

Many people expected that embarrassing wrong to be righted this time around. I think, considering the dozens of qualified women who could have been appointed  to the role, Harper missed an opportunity to make history and show that women are advancing in this province. The appointment of a women to the role at the same time that this province has it's first elected female premier would have shown that women have risen in power and influence.

The Harper regime has brought with it a sharp decrease in institutional and political support by the government of Canada for the promotion and protection of the human rights of women.  Not appointing a women to the LG' role just confirms Canada’s lagging performance in achieving women’s equality.

God Save the Queen!

1 comment:

Craig Scott said...

Hey Peter, It is also interesting to note that Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province in Canada that has never had a female Lieutenant Governor. Every other province has had one and Harper even appointed one Judith Guichon in BC.

I don't know if this is exactly a set back for women, I am more concerned that we have never had a judge appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.