Maryam Monsef’s dismal time as Minister of Democratic Institutions has come to an end.
After a run of bad publicity and countless unanswered questions about her mysterious past, Monsef has been demoted to the Minister responsible for “the Status of Women.”
Monsef is now Canada’s official government feminist.
It’s kind of fitting for Monsef to be in that role: A token ministry for a token minister. The Status of Women ministry is, of course, as unnecessary in Canada as Monsef is in Canada.
The idea that Canadian women need a special government agency is both demeaning, pejorative and, frankly, out of date and out of touch.
Canadian women are not victims in need of special government assistance.
Besides, the major issues within Status of Women – domestic abuse and missing and murdered aboriginals – are issues relating to crime and security, both already under the purview of the Department of Public Safety.
These issues also effect men, and it’s wrong and unhelpful to exclude half the population in dealing with societal problems.
Instead of blindly defending Monsef, simply because she is a woman, organizations like Equal Voice should recognize that Monsef, in more ways than one, has done a disservice to Canadian women.
She reinforced harmful stereotypes about women and mathematics when she suggested the equation for electoral outcomes was too complicated.
She once tweeted that she was “fascinated” by Sharia law – the Islamic religious code that subjugates women and often permits marital abuse and rape.
Maryam Monsef is no feminist hero.
She’s a politician in over her head, at a department that has outlived its mandate.