By Gillian Slade on June 12, 2018.
There is no need for special benefits to lure women into politics, as they are more than capable of achieving this on their own merit, was the testimony presented to the committee on the Status of Women in Ottawa last week.
Michaela Glasgo of Medicine Hat was asked by Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder, the opposition’s Status of Women critic, to talk about potential barriers women face going into politics.
“I don’t think that we need to prop them (women) up or give them a special entrance to be able to succeed. I think that women will stand and will run on the basis of their own merit,” said Glasgo. “I think that reducing women to quotas or an arbitrary number in the House of Commons or the provincial legislature is not democratic.”
Glasgo believes it is important to talk about the strengths women have, including being able to stand on their own feet and advocate for the things that are important.
Mentors are important but women don’t have to have women mentors, said Glasgo. People step into that role when they see someone they believe is capable of doing the job.
The presentation was well received by the committee, said Glasgo.
“Overall I think it was a really positive exchange. Everybody was there to listen and learn, and we all have the same goal of getting more women involved and figuring out how we can really make sure that women are meaningfully engaged in the next election and elections to come.”
When it comes to constituents and what they are looking for from their elected officials, it does not matter whether they are a male or female. Constituents still have the same basic needs and expect the same work ethic from the politician regardless of gender.
There is no ideal woman to run for public office. Anybody wanting to run for office needs to be “passionate, principled, willing to listen and do the work,” said Glasgo. “The job is the same for a woman or a man.”
Glasgo has been working in the Cypress-Medicine Hat constituency office for a couple years. In March she announced she is seeking the United Conservative Party candidacy in the newly-formed Brooks-Medicine Hat riding for the next provincial election.
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