Canada Kathleen Wynne cancels town hall event at Windsor club over restrictive membership policy for women

08:16  06 february  2018
08:16  06 february  2018 Source:   National Post

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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled the plug on her Feb. 15 town hall meeting scheduled at the Caboto Club in Windsor over the club ’s controversial policy that only allows full-voting membership to men. The premier’s office is now searching for a new location to hold the meeting.

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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled the plug on her Feb. 15 town hall meeting scheduled at the Caboto Club in Windsor over the club’s controversial policy that only allows full-voting membership to men.

The premier’s office is now searching for a new location to hold the meeting.

“We will not be holding the Premier’s Town Hall at this venue,” Kate Moseley-Williams, a spokesperson for the premier’s office said Monday afternoon.

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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled the plug on her Feb. 15 town hall meeting scheduled at the Caboto Club in Windsor over the club ’s controversial policy that only allows full-voting membership to men. The premier’s office is now searching for a new location to hold the meeting.

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled the plug on her Feb. 15 town hall meeting scheduled at the Caboto Club in Windsor over the club ’s controversial policy that only allows full-voting membership to men. The premier’s office is now searching for a new location to hold the meeting.

“As soon as we learned of the issues with the Caboto Club we began to look for an alternate venue to host the event and will provide that information when it is confirmed.

“Women make up an integral part of our economy and society. Premier Wynne is committed to supporting a fair, competitive and prosperous Ontario for everyone.

“That commitment extends to working with partners who reflect these values of equality and inclusiveness.”

The Caboto Club is one of three popular Italian clubs in Windsor, but is the only one of three that restricts voting rights and limits membership on its executive board to men. The club has a ladies auxiliary and does not restrict women from the hall.

An official with the Caboto Club could not be reached for comment.

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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled the plug on her Feb. 15 town hall meeting scheduled at the Caboto Club in Windsor over the club ’s controversial policy that only allows full-voting membership to men. The premier’s office is now searching for a new location to hold the meeting.

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Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod, who released a statement Monday calling on Wynne to cancel the Caboto event, said the premier had carelessly stepped on a land mine.

“I can’t understand how Premier Wynne’s advance team didn’t figure this out,” said MacLeod, the Tories finance critic who represents Nepean-Carleton.

“The Liberals are the first to complain about such things when it’s done by the PCs.

“I’m glad she’s cancelled it. If you’re going to be spending public dollars for an event, you should be spending them in a venue that equally respects men and women.”

Political parties of all stripes have used the Caboto Club to host events over the years.

During the 2011 federal election, former Prime Minister Steve Harper held a campaign event at the Caboto.

The City of Windsor has also used it in the past as election central for municipal elections.

The club remains popular for weddings and other large events, but some community groups have tried to push the century-old club into updating its membership policies.

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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled the plug on her Feb. 15 town hall meeting scheduled at the Caboto Club in Windsor over the club ’s controversial polic. The club has a ladies auxiliary and does not restrict women from the hall .

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is seeking a new location for her town hall event in Windsor , scheduled for Feb. The Ontario Town Hall meeting was originally to be held at the Caboto Club — known to have a men-only board member policy for many years.

The University of Windsor’s women’s studies program first brought attention to the issue in Oct. 2014 when they cancelled a function at the club over the policy.

Windsor Regional Hospital has adopted policy of not booking events at the venue as result of the club’s refusal to change.

“We won’t use the Caboto, but we won’t refuse to participate in other organization’s events there,” said Windsor Regional CEO and president David Musyj.

“The board of directors decided that was our position after this issue came up with the University of Windsor.”

Windsor and District Labour Council president Brian Hogan said he’s disappointed to see this issue still exists in 2018.

“Perhaps this is a teachable moment,” Hogan said.

“We addressed this at labour council a couple years ago, but we have members who belong to the club who wanted to try and move the needle from inside. Obviously the needle hasn’t moved.”

Hogan plans to contact the club’s executive to discuss the issue. He said the labour council and unions have informally opted to look at other hall options first.

“Obviously some union groups have held functions there,” said Hogan said. “With the premier cancelling, it has raised the issue again.

“We can use our dollars in certain ways to sway certain decisions.”

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