Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Do Women Face Tougher Road Than Men in Politics?

People from all over the world come to Canada because we are amongst the most progressive countries on the planet. Immigrants often arrive to discover opportunities, services, and freedoms not afforded to them before. It is safe to say that Canada is an example to the world. By extension, it is important that we as Canadians, each and every one of us, always be conscious of the examples we set for the world to see.

Here in Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley has been subjected to threats of harm far more often than her recent predecessors. Newly released statistics confirm a disturbing escalation of security concerns over the last two years. Stats show that from 2003 to 2015 — a period that saw six different premiers — Alberta sheriffs recorded a total of 55 security incidents involving the premier. Nineteen of those came in the last half of 2015, which happened to be Premier Rachel Notley’s first months in office. At least three of those incidents required police intervention. In 2016 412 incidents of abuse and or threats were pointed at Notely .

Less than three months back both of the women running as PC leadership candidates ( Donna Kennedy-Glans and Sandra Jansen) dropped out of Alberta's PC leadership race, with Jansen citing she quit because she was harassed and later read out to the legislature examples of some of the viciousness she faced.

The Unconventional Panel on CBCs Calgary Eyeopener weighed in on this topic with CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen, Wordfest general director Shelley Youngblut and engineer Ravin Moorthy offering their thoughts. To hear what they had to say simply click below.


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