Coun­cil­lor more than qual­i­fied

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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