NEWS RELEASE · 8th August 2011
BC Conservative Party
John Cummins, leader of the BC Conservative Party, spoke out against race and gender based electoral politics.
BC NDP MLA Michael Sather is vacating his seat in the riding of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and the NDP are looking for a new candidate. The nomination is open only to women or minorities.
“This contradicts the basic values of British Columbian’s who do not believe in excluding people from the political process based upon race or gender,” stated Mr. Cummins.
When an NDP held seat is vacated, party policy requires that candidates seeking the nomination must be either women, members of an ethnic group, or gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgendered.
“A policy of exclusion has no place in a nomination race. The only criteria should be who best represents the community and party policy.”
The NDP’s policy of exclusion came into play in the 2009 election. The party required that thirty percent of candidates nominated in non-NDP ridings must be women or minorities.
“In pursuing this policy, the NDP are thumbing their noses at ‘equality’ - the most fundamental tenant of a free and democratic society,” continued Mr. Cummins.
“In an attempt to be inclusive, the NDP are in fact engaging in the politics of exclusion.”