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Barbara Amiel
Columnist and author

It is important to understand that equality for the individual as in equal opportunity or equality before the law is a classic liberal ideal, while parity for a group is at best a political and at worst a profoundly reactionary notion. Equality stresses that any qualified human being may become an engineer, plumber, prime minister or jet pilot, regardless of gender, religion or race; while parity maintains that a proportionate number from each group must achieve such positions regardless of merit or utility. The belief in parity is based to some extent on a genuine error - the view that any disparity in society has to be the result of discrimination as well as the cynical politician's view that when disparity makes some people restless it should be eliminated, even at the expense of freedom and fairness.

1992 - from her column "The Secret Agenda of Gender", published in The Spectator
... this is a grievance society and that if you want to get into its leading edge you pretty well have to be a victim.

Oct. 31, 1994 - from a column in Maclean's Magazine
The feminist reign of terror in Canada is such that it is better to proceed with charges of sexual assault that are patently false than risk feminist wrath if support is withdrawn from a so-called victim... As evidentiary procedure changes to create kangaroo courts for accused males, our female judges, female Crown attorneys and female elites remain mostly silent.

Jul. 11, 1994 - from a column in Maclean's Magazine
What many advocates of the equal-pay thesis did not seem to realize is that they are proposing a fundamental change to the way our society operates. Market forces of supply and demand are neutral. When you replace them, you are not replacing an unjust system with a just one but, instead, introducing a conscious system to replace a spontaneous one. Ultimately, you are replacing the amorality of the free market with the immorality of the regulated society. What results is theft: you rob the janitors to pay the cleaning woman.

Aug. 5, 1985 - from her column in Maclean's Magazine
You're considered to have a rare kind of social disease if you espouse neo-conservative ideas in Canada.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The first commandment of contemporary feminism ... is to have your cake and eat it: feminists rely on the similarity of the genders when it helps them, while they underline the dissimilarity of men and women if similarity creates a burden for them. This enables feminism to insist that men and women are exactly the same when it comes to who can be an airline pilot, but vastly different when it comes to retaining custody of the children or responding to a pass in the workplace.

Nov. 6, 1998 - from "In sickness and in wealth : The curious case of Bracklow v. Bracklow puts feminists in a quandary", published in the National Post newspaper
[In the 1970's] Canadian intellectuals adopted prisoners of conscience in South Africa. They took holidays in Cuba. A ... psychoanalyst could make quick work of this. Rich, powerful America was Castro's fiercest opponent. Canada has always been a reliable ally of the US, but any opportunity to show its independence from its southern neighbour brings on a patriotic boomlet. ... If America was trying to keep the bubonic plague out of its hemisphere, Canadians would import it just to show their independence of American foreign policy.

1997 - from a column in the Daily Telegraph of London
Of all the concepts that the totalitarian instinct of our times has bequeathed to society - including racial and gender job quotas and laws against free speech - the seemingly harmless slogan 'equal pay for work of equal value' is potentially the most destructive of a free society.

Aug. 5, 1985 - from a column in Maclean's Magazine
We have spent like drunken sailors in order to fill the sense of 'entitlement' that our weak-tea socialism has created. We have become a country of feuding special-interest groups in which envy and resentment play more than their natural roles...

Dec. 23, 1991 - from her column in Maclean's Magazine
By now our institutions have been so affected by radical FEMINISM that it is hard to know how to countermand their grip on our lives. The first step, I should think, must be to identify what we are fighting. The civil service, the judiciary, academia, and the publicly owned media seem too slow-witted or lazy to deal with the problem. From Statistics Canada to the Law Society, we see nothing but compliance with a point of view totally at variance with our experience of life in this country.

Mar. 6, 1999 - from a column in the National Post newspaper
[Feminist writer Kathleen] Mahoney sneers at 'formal equality' as a right-wing concept that must be replaced by 'substantive equality' -- a code for statistical parity, with quotas and privileges for women. These feminists are, in fact, promoting gender wars. They have already played havoc with the workplace and had a very adverse influence on such major institutions as the military, and, of course, the judiciary -- not to mention the family. Far from nation-building, they are destructive of the nation and highly detrimental to the fabric of our society. Like all ideologues, they have structured a universe in which everything proves whatever they wish it to prove and it is all used to structure a matriarchical system in which they will be able to wield almost unchecked power through intimidation, the establishment of standards and structures of morality that suit their ideology and function to their own benefit.

Mar. 9, 1999 - from a column in the National Post newspaper