Coun. El­liott no misog­y­nist

Windsor Star - - OPINION - Wil­liam Hadrian, LaSalle

Re: Cit­i­zen files com­plaint af­ter El­liott tells fel­low coun­cil­lor to ‘man up,’ by Trevor Wil­helm, May 9.

Jes­sica Bondy of­fers noth­ing of im­por­tance to the civil dis­course in Wind­sor city pol­i­tics. I say this very firmly but very bla­tantly be­cause this fact needs to be em­pha­sized for the point I’m about to make.

Coun. John El­liott is a man of im­pec­ca­ble in­tegrity who has done and con­tin­ues to do a great ser­vice for the City of Wind­sor. I was for­tu­nate to meet John when I was 15 years old, back when he was run­ning an af­ter-school pro­gram for un­der­priv­i­leged youth grow­ing up in the west end. I saw first-hand the time, ef­fort and de­vo­tion he gave to those kids.

Af­ter read­ing sev­eral sto­ries in Wind­sor me­dia out­lets calling this man a misog­y­nist be­cause he used the term “man up” to an­other city coun­cil­lor (also a man), I be­came in­fu­ri­ated. There’s been a trend go­ing on in Wind­sor lately, where soggy politi­cians are usurp­ing the term “fem­i­nism” to pro­mul­gate the idea that their po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents are misog­y­nists. Whether it’s the Caboto Club, a great Wind­sor in­sti­tu­tion that has hosted count­less fundrais­ers and char­i­ties, or in this case, John El­liott, a very de­cent man who sets a bar of hu­man com­pas­sion few of us — in­clud­ing my­self and Jes­sica Bondy — can live up to. This trend is silly, and the peo­ple of Wind­sor should rec­og­nize its de­ceit­ful­ness and cyn­i­cism.

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