October 20th, 2017

Minister says more women needed in local politics


By Mo Cranker on October 21, 2016.

Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean spoke Thursday at Medicine Hat College as part of her #ReadyForHer campaign. The campaign is focused towards getting more women to run in municipal elections in 2017.--NEWS PHOTO MO CRANKER


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Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean was in the Hat Thursday evening to promote her Ready For Her campaign, with a panel held at the college.

The panel included County of Newell Reeve Molly Douglass, Redcliff Coun. Chere Brown, Bassano Coun. Lynn MacWilliam as well as minister McLean, all women who had run for council or an election in the past who then shared their campaigning experiences with the audience.

McLean said the goal of the campaign is a very simple one, to get more women running in municipal elections in 2017.

“The number of women represented on municipal councils in the province are frankly too low,” she said. “There’s only two women sitting on council in Medicine Hat and no women have put their names forward to contend in the municipal election and we’re hopeful someone will.”

The campaign tour was also promoting a new online resource aimed at helping women who were considering making a run in a municipal election.

“We’ve provided a tool kit where women and their organizers can go and essentially figure out what they need to have a successful run for office, as well as providing networking tools to help women find helpful organizations,” she said.

The minister went on a small tour of Medicine Hat, making a stop at the women’s shelter as well as the Sexual Assault Resource Centre before speaking at the college. She said having more women elected is essential in today’s world.

“Fifty per cent of the population is women, so more of our elected officials should represent the populations they serve, and we can’t do that if half of those people are not women,” she said. “Women provide diverse and unique perspectives, tend to be caregivers in homes and often lead community organizations, and we need their voices represented to make better policies for Alberta families.”

The stop in Medicine Hat was just the second of a four-stop Ready For Her tour, which began in Edmonton, will travel to Calgary Monday and will then conclude Thursday in Lethbridge.

For more information on the campaign go to http://www.readyforher.alberta.ca.


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