Fighting for more women in politics and the “mystery MP”


Equal Voice, an organization dedicated to getting more women elected, held a reception at The Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant. Below, Helena Guergis, Minister of State for the Status of Women.

Donna Dasko (left) of Equal Voice chats with Liberal MP Marlene Jennings.

Conservative MP Alice Wong.

NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

NDP leader Jack Layton.

NDP MP Olivia Chow.

(Left to right) Tory Senator Nancy Ruth, Rosemary Speirs and Chow.

Conservative MP Cathy McLeod.

NDP MP Libby Davies.

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett.

NDP MPs Megan Leslie (left) and Niki Ashton.

Staffer Matt Deacon from the Conservative Whip’s office somehow got MP added to his name.

Deacon with former Liberal MP Karen Redman and Andrew Thomson from CPAC.


Fighting for more women in politics and the “mystery MP”

  1. Geurgis made an ass of herself there.

    No one knew what she was talking about. I think she thought she was at a propane dealers reception.

  2. Can’t Dr Bennett affrd a dentist?

    • Never mind she looks like Granny Clampett from the old TV show Beverly Hillbillies.

  3. We can't get more women in government until the "old white boys club" is abolished. I speak from first hand experience that women get less support when running for office than men do. I ran in 2 elections and I received a tenth of support the male candidates did whether in my own party or the opposition. Until we are no longer seen as the weaker sex, it will never happen.

  4. What a crock, it's just stupid.
    What we need in Parliament is not more women but more PEOPLE who actually care about the country and the people and on that note the women in Parliament are among the least effective of MPs, sorry but it's true.

  5. The problem is most women come across as single issue candidate and not really people who can speak effectively to a broad array of the issues like the economy, foreign affairs, national defence etc. with credibility.

    It may not be fair but when the electorate is sizing up the candidates they make judgements not on whether they are "old white guys" but what they are hearing from the lips of the candidates themselves. Often times the political parties play games with the nomination of candidates and usually they do not vet the quality of the candidates in ridings where they do not think they can win (or have ever won). They simply want a warm body. So if you are running for Liberals in a riding that has always voted Conservative you probably do not stand much of a chance of winning. Ask Lizzie May.

  6. It isn't clear to me that men and women are or should be equally represented in any profession. Indeed, we don't lament the lack of male nurses, teachers or flight attendants. CMK, above, implies that females fare worse in elections, something confirmed in her own experience. It looks like the "old boys club" are the voters themselves (including women).

    We need to focus on specific, identifiable barriers to women in politics. Does the media treat women with a double-standard? How do we handle maternity for female politicians? To what extent does the informal deal-making in politics take place in environments unfriendly to women? To what extent does our education system and indeed our culture, discourage women from developing good public speaking skills and engaging in party politics?

  7. If you received 10%, I guess the 52% of the voters who were women didn't think you were worth voting for.

  8. to hosertohoosier,

    Actually it's well known that a lack of male teachers is a problem (see increasingly poor results for male students–as it is well known that if you are a male teacher you have a better chance of getting hired by most school districts. This stuff does cut both ways; however, I note a marked absence of female teachers whining about how unfair it is for men to get preferential treatment, about how men just can't do some things as well as women, etc.

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