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Harper Stands by Female Ministers in Appointing New Cabinet

May 18, 2011

 

Ottawa: Consistent with Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s commitment to stable and predictable government, he has re-appointed nine women to cabinet, all of whom had served in his last cabinet. 

 

The Prime MInister added just one new woman to the mix, Alice Wong, Member of Parliament for Richmond (BC) and long-time educator, entrepreneur and community leader. Ms Wong will serve as Minister of State for Seniors.

 

This means that just over 25 percent of Harper's cabinet table will be comprised of women - which is on par with the percentage of women elected to the House of Commons. 

 

“While Equal Voice is pleased that Mr. Harper has maintained a respectable number of women in cabinet (ten), many of whom are now seasoned Ministers who know their portfolios well, we had hoped he would be able to exceed his previous record,” said Donna Dasko, Equal Voice National Chair.

 

Despite some speculation that Ministers who had endured significant controversy - such as International Cooperation Minister Beverly Oda- would likely be dropped, Prime Minister Harper demonstrated his commitment to stand by a select number of proven and experienced women.

 

“While some of these women may be battle weary, and few are part of Mr. Harper’s inner circle, we can only conclude that the Prime Minister values the investment he has made in these female ministers and sees no reason to change that,” added Nancy Peckford, Executive Director of Equal Voice.   

 

It is likely that later this month several other women from the Conservative caucus will be appointed or re-appointed to parliamentary secretary positions or as committee chairs. Shelly Glover, who has served as Parliamentary Secretary for three different portfolios since being elected, would be an obvious choice.

 

If appointed, newly elected MPs with impressive biographies, including Stella Ambler, Eve Adams and Michelle Rempel, to name just three, would have the opportunity to gain some valuable experience.

 

“Though the Conservative caucus is only 17 percent women, many of them are dynamic and experienced with impressive professional and personal backgrounds. Equal Voice can only expect that the Prime Minister will seize upon the opportunity during this government to ensure that the talents and skills of these women are fully leveraged,” commented Peckford.

 

For more information:
Nancy Peckford 613-292-7941 or npeckford@equalvoice.ca
Donna Dasko 416-920-9010 or donna.dasko@environics.ca
 

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