Creating space for women pays off

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

August 10, 2022

Creating space for women pays off


Anita Anand, Chrystia Freeland, Justin Trudeau and Melanie Joly listen (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

Three powerful women in charge of finance, defence and foreign affairs frame the Canadian Prime Minister during press conferences. It’s the first time in our history that these three top cabinet jobs have been held simultaneously by women. And in the context of the war in Ukraine, Chrystia Freeland, Anita Anand and Mélanie Joly are making decisions historically made by men.

Individually or together, these women are proof that gender parity in politics works.

Canada doesn’t have a gender quota law for elections to parliament. But Trudeau promised in 2015 that if he won the election, he’d have gender parity in cabinet. He’s kept that promise, with equal numbers of women and men ministers ever since.

Click here to read the full article published by Winnipeg Free Press on 23 March 2022.

Susan Franceschet
The Free Press
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