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Equal Voices get $1.2 million, NDP mad

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At an Ottawa reception at the Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant, Equal Voice Acting National Chair Donna Dasko thanked party leaders for their work in advancing women in politics.

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Helena Guergis, Minister of State for Status of Women, announced at the reception that Equal Voice will receive over  $1.2 million to fund their program to introduce women ages 12–25 to politics and ultimately encourage them to engage politically.

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The New Democrats boycotted the reception because they said it was supposed to be just an event to welcome women MPs onto the Hill. They felt it got hijacked into a government announcement. One NDP MP, Judy Wasylycia-Leis, was there to keep an eye on things.

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Winnipeg Liberal MP Anita Neville (left) and Ontario Tory Senator Nancy Ruth.

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Liberal interim leader Michael Ignatieff (interim until the coronation in Vancouver) with Penny Collenette (centre).

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Lawyer and activist Maureen McTeer, wife of former PM Joe Clark.

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Quebec Tory MP Maxime Bernier.

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Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt (left) with Conservative Quebec MP Sylvie Boucher.

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May with former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion.

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Newfoundland Liberal MP Siobhan Coady.

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Dawn Graham, President of Merck Frosst Canada.

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Stéphane Dion with Labour Minister Rona Ambrose.

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Alberta Conservative MP Brian Jean and Greg MacEachern of Summa Strategies.

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Vancouver Liberal MP Joyce Murray (in purple).

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