OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ -
It is my pleasure to congratulate Equal Voice on their initiative Canada
Challenge 2009: Building the Momentum to Elect More Women.
Today is an opportunity for all of us to set aside our political stripes
and make a commitment to support women on the path to politics and to see
more of them elected and in the House of Commons. This is an issue that
should transcend partisan lines, and I am proud to stand up today as both
the Minister of State for the Status of Women and as a Conservative M.P.
I would also like to offer my personal support and reaffirm this
Government's commitment to increasing the participation of women in
Canada's political life. Our Government has the highest number of women
in the House of Commons, we appointed the first Minister of State solely
dedicated to the Status of Women and we have the highest percentage of
women appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history.
Canadian women have the skills and talents to substantively engage in the
political process. Our Government believes women must have every
opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to Canadian democracy.
Canadian women have come a long way in their efforts to achieve political
equality and our Government will continue to work towards the full
equality and representation of women in Canada.
Equal Voice is a national volunteer organization dedicated to electing
more women to political office and the Canada Challenge 2009 asks for the
Leaders support in recruiting and nominating more women, which will
ultimately result in more women being elected to Parliament. Status of
Women Canada is proud to partner with Equal Voice and its partners in the
Experiences project - a project that will help some 5,800 girls to gain a
better understanding of our rich democratic traditions.
For further information:
For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839