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A new look at women in politics (Globe and Mail)

Jan 29, 2016

 

 

This article was originally published in The Globe and Mail. It was written by Jane Taber on January 29, 2016.

 

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POLITICS BRIEFING

 

By JANE TABER (@JaneTaber1)

 

Just after his government was sworn into office, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked why he appointed women to half of the positions in his cabinet: “Because it’s 2015,” he famously replied.

 

 

His answer spurred a hashtag and was quoted in media around the world – shocking, really, to think that women finally achieving gender parity around the cabinet table was considered such a bold and controversial move. After all, it comes 100 years since women in Manitoba became the first in Canada to win the right to vote and hold public office. Clearly, though, Mr. Trudeau’s gesture shows how little progress women have made in the world of Canadian politics.

 

Today, the Globe and Mail is launching a new column, Women in Politics, which will appear every week. It will look at the women who serve in our House of Commons and provincial legislatures. It will tell their stories. It will also examine the issues that women are bringing to the political arena, and how they deal with those issues. Is Parliament different with more women at the cabinet table, which some advocates of elected women believe it will be? We’ll see.

 

The column will look at women who want to run for office, and their triumphs and challenges. Do women bring a different perspective to issues? Do women make decisions differently? And do they behave any better in Question Period than their male counterparts? Do women matter in politics? The column will examine all of these questions – not because it’s 2015 or 2016, but because diversity is always good and makes for a healthier democracy.

 

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