Male Chauvinism in Canadian Politics?

Tie one on. Slogging through this requires a stiff drink:

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel knows it would not be easy to become leader of her party.

In a string of tweets late Wednesday, Rempel outlined multiple reasons why people would tell her not to run to replace Stephen Harper, who stepped down after the Tories were swept out of office on election night.

“All your DMs (direct messages) telling me to do it aren’t helping. I’m a 35-year-old chick. We’re not supposed to do these sorts of things, you know?” she tweeted. …

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It is no secret that being a woman on the Hill is not always easy. It has been described as a “testosterone palace” by one Conservative senator, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has said the culture around politics is “men can get away with abuse of power. It’s endemic in politics. It shouldn’t be that way.”

 

Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has promised to ensure 50 per cent of his cabinet is made up of women and that is a great first step, equality advocates say.

“(Trudeau) recognizes the kind of talent and expertise that women are bringing to the table,” Nancy Peckford of Equal Voice told Yahoo Canada News on Friday.

 

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he would not even advise a woman against aborting her unborn baby simply because she’s a girl because, as he said, the “Liberal Party is the party standing up for people’s rights.”

 

Peckford said it would even be better if. when Trudeau names his cabinet on Nov. 4, some of those female MPs are given non-traditional portfolios, like agriculture or finance.

 

Yep.

Good times….

 

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