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ARE THEY TOUGH ENOUGH? Equal Voice calls for a Multi-Lateral Ceasefire in the House

Oct 18, 2010

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

OTTAWA:  On Tuesday, October 19th, Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization promoting the election of more women, is inviting Members of Parliament to a multi-lateral ceasefire.  All MPs have been invited to ‘elevate the debate’ in the House of Commons in recognition of the historic significance of Person’s Day.

 

In a letter to Equal Voice, House leaders have said that representatives from parties will make statements in the House of Commons regarding this initiative.

 

To honour the occasion, Equal Voice has invited over one hundred girls and young women to come to Parliament Hill to learn about the different roles female MPs play on the Hill. They will then proceed to Question Period to witness what EV hopes will be a significantly improved debate where MPs are tough, not rough!  Several will subsequently share their observations and reflections with Equal Voice.

 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 19  

 

12:00 PM  - EQUAL VOICE MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

 

Speaker’s Lounge (216 N), CentreBloc, Parliament Hill

 

Equal Voice will be joined by girls and young women to hear from:

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour

Ms Denise Savoie, MP and Assistant Deputy Speaker

The Honourable Hedy Fry, MP

Madame Nicole Demers, MP

 

5:00 -7:00 PM    - EQUAL VOICE RECEPTION with MPs and Senators,  HY’s Steakhouse 170 Queen St.

 

For more information:

Nancy Peckford, Executive Director Equal Voice, 613-292-7941 or 613-304-5924 | npeckford@equalvoice.ca

 

Equal Voice is advocating passionate, productive and respectful debate in recognition of the fact that the House needs more women. At just under 22%, EV is convinced that an improved environment will serve to attract and retain more of them

 

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