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#More than Ready: The 50 talented women #LPC MPs who will help lead government

Nov 03, 2015

 

Much ado is being made of Prime Minister designate Justin Trudea's commitment to gender parity in his cabinet. Widely known and well-respected columnists are worried that merit will take a hit, despite the fact that 50 very talented and dynamic women MPs were elected  under the Liberal banner, the highest number in Canadian history of any federal party caucus. 

 

While tomorrow (Wed November 4th), we will know who these women are, here's why Equal Voice thinks gender parity is a good thing. 


#Morethanready

 

The caliber of women elected from all sides is impressive but let's just focus on the Liberal women from now.  50 women were elected on October 19th. If the cabinet is comprised of 30 MPs (and therefore 15 women), less than a third of the current women's caucus will make it in, leaving Mr. Trudea with a lot of talented women from which to choose. 

 

Read about all 50 women MPs here. 

 

In summary, the current Liberal female crop include:

-  ground breakers, trail blazers, seasoned politicians and lawyers (including an international trade lawyer, former Crown prosecutor and Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations as well as the first Sikh lawyer to practice in Quebec),

- prominent business women, United Nations diplomats, professors,

- leaders of major national and international non-governmental organizations, physicians, among many others.  

 

Who was it again that said that the Liberal women's caucus was short on talent? 


Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau is upholding a prominent campaign commitment

 

For those who may shudder that gender balance in cabinet is actually happening, let's be clear.  Justin Trudeau made the commitment in June as part of a package of democratic reform initiatives.  It was a bold promise at the time and it did not go unnoticed.  It was also repeated many times on the campaign trail.  Mr. Trudeau's candidates and campaign team stood behind him when he made it. No one asserted it was a misguided idea then - and it isn't now. Canadians who voted in a Liberal majority government were motivated by his promises of real change.  For Prime Minister designate Mr. Trudeau to break this commitment would be problematic for his team, his caucus and his credibility.  

 

Cabinets have always had informal quotas

 

No one in their right mind would convene a federal cabinet that was unilingual (no francophones), exclusively Caucasian, only comprised of lawyers, regionally unrepresentative or just comprised of men. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has simply put particular emphasis on gender balance for this cabinet. Among the many cabinet posts he needs to fill, he will be making choices based not just on gender, but on other vital characteristics and expertise required for the job.   


We've done this before...

 

Less than a decade ago, Quebec Premier Jean Charest appointed a gender balanced cabinet after winning a minority government. It was a signal to the electorate that he was paying more attention to the needs and concerns of Quebecers. After much success, he did it again during his next mandate.  In May, Rachel Notley appointed a gender balanced cabinet that now has one more woman than it does men.  Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has a high percentage of prominent women at the cabinet table, including Deputy Premier Deb Matthews. The take-away? The sky will not fall. 


You can't be what you don't see

 

For all the women and men out there watching (and our daughters),  there is no more powerful symbol of one's commitment to equality than surrounding yourself with an equal number of women and men at your decision-making table. It's a signal to Canadians, prospective women candidates and future generations that, despite the chronic under-representation of women in the House of Commons (women are just 26 percent of MPs) that women belong in politics.  

 

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