Police board hullabaloo is overblown
RE: Police board status quo holding us back
Identification by skin colour, religion, sexual orientation, etc., is very superficial and likely encourages individuals from identified minority groups to represent primarily the interests of their group.
What we want on our important boards and committees are individuals who represent us all: yes, the woman in the hijab, people of colour, LGBTQ members; but also children, the infirm, the old, the mentally ill, i.e. all Canadians.
On a small board, such as the police board, the process for selection of individuals by local and provincial elected representatives is probably the best way to populate the board with individuals who have the appropriate experience and capability, and who will take into account the diversity of the population that they serve.
Note that individuals from identified minority groups are not excluded from this process.
I am not aware of any egregious errors made by the board. All of this hullabaloo came from the report of a private comment by one board member overheard by another, and is now being used to stir up discontent and disharmony. Marianne Walters, Ancaster