Councillor more than qualified
We are still living in a society where women are looked down on. That they should be quiet and not speak unless asked to. This doesn’t only happen in the home. It also goes on in many workplaces.
Here in the CBRM council chambers, a debate concerning the Nova Scotia Solid Waste Resource Management Regional Chairs Committee on Jan. 24, which was chronicled in the Cape Breton Post, left a bad taste in my mouth.
The fact that some councillors questioned whether Coun. Amanda McDougall had enough experience to serve on the regional committee, with one stating “you really have to work your way up” to this role, was appalling to me.
Coun. McDougall is wellqualified, experienced and was elected on her good record for handling whatever comes her way. The councilors who questioned her credentials should think before they speak. They never took the time to realize how fortunate they are to have McDougall as a colleague who happens to be a woman.
I feel very supported knowing that we have three excellent women in council chambers. They bring a breath of fresh air to council.
I felt the comments directed at Coun. McDougall were degrading, disrespectable and uncalled for. This is 2017 and such comments by any councillor must not continue. I am delighted that Coun. McDougall will be on the committee for waste management. She will do well. Martha Ross Sydney Mines