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.
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.
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.
Winnipeg Liberal MP Anita Neville (left) and Ontario Tory Senator Nancy Ruth.
Liberal interim leader Michael Ignatieff (interim until the coronation in Vancouver) with Penny Collenette (centre).
Lawyer and activist Maureen McTeer, wife of former PM Joe Clark.
Quebec Tory MP Maxime Bernier.
Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt (left) with Conservative Quebec MP Sylvie Boucher.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May with former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion.
Newfoundland Liberal MP Siobhan Coady.
Dawn Graham, President of Merck Frosst Canada.
Stéphane Dion with Labour Minister Rona Ambrose.
Alberta Conservative MP Brian Jean and Greg MacEachern of Summa Strategies.
Vancouver Liberal MP Joyce Murray (in purple).