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Redford wins Equal Voice EVE award

Nov 26, 2012

 

 

By BEA VONGDOUANGCHANH. As published in the Hill Times.

When Alison Redford won the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership and later the provincial election to be Alberta’s first female premier, she said she didn’t think she should be looked at differently, simply because she is a woman in a male-dominated career. She changed her mind, she said, when young girls in Grade 4 and Grade 5 began looking up to her and seeing the possibilities for women in politics.

“There was a vacuum of mentors for women in politics,” she told a sold out crowd at the Chateau Laurier on Nov. 19 after receiving Equal Voice’s EVE Award for advancing women in politics issues. “Now there are more mentors … and I encourage women to be in public life.”

Before entering elected politics, Ms. Redford was a Parliament Hill staffer, working as a senior policy adviser to then secretary of state for external affairs Joe Clark and later in former PM Brian Mulroney’s PMO. She also served as UN international election commissioner and later as an adviser in the PCO on Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan. 

She joked that people talk about her time in Ottawa all the time but it was probably the first time it was relevant to anyone in the room when Equal Voice national chair Raylene Lang-Dion introduced her at the luncheon, co-hosted with the Economic Club of Ottawa.

Guests at the luncheon included Labour Minister Lisa Raitt, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies, Conservative Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, Liberal Senators Grant Mitchell and Catherine Callbeck (also a former P.E.I. premier) and Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. 

Rwandan High Commissioner to Canada Edda Mukabagwiza also attended, as did Navigator’s Jaime Watt, former MP David Kilgour, Telus’s Mike Sangster, Hill and Knowlton’s Mike Storeshaw, RBC’s Peggy Morgan, the Broadbent Institute’s Kathleen Monk, Ensight’s Anne McGrath, and Bluesky Strategy Group’s Susan Smith. 

Ms. Redford noted the Alberta Legislature is made up of 26 per cent of women, but said she is confident that her 10-year-old daughter Sarah will grow up to see even more women elected to public office.

 

http://www.hilltimes.com/heard-on-the-hill/hill-life-people/2012/11/26/all-party-party-shakes-down-on-nov-28-get-your-party/32927

 

 

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.