A Statement Issued today by The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women)

    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

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