February 17, 2017 2:11 pm
Updated: February 20, 2017 9:27 pm

Alberta’s ‘Daughters of the Vote’ delegates discussing women in politics

WATCH ABOVE: Hundreds of young women from across Canada will head to Ottawa next month to take a seat in parliament. It's part of the Daughters of the Vote campaign, which aims for gender parity in elected office. Tom Vernon reports.

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Young women selected to be Alberta’s Daughters of the Vote delegates were at the legislature Friday for a meeting on women in politics.

Daughters of the Vote is an Equal Voice Canada initiative that has invited 338 women from the ages of 18 to 23 from around Canada to gather in the nation’s capital on March 7 and 8 for International Women’s Day.

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The goal of the event is to ensure the 338 participants become familiar enough with the Canadian political landscape to enter politics in the future.

“It’s more important than ever to encourage women to get involved in politics and let their voices be heard,” Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean said.

“These passionate women are visionaries for the future of Alberta and our country. They are already making their communities better places to live, and I’m proud to welcome them today.”

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Alberta has 32 representatives from the province’s federal ridings. Among the delegates is a indigenous law student, a Campus Food Bank team lead and an engineering intern.

“The quality of more than 240 applications from young women in Alberta demonstrates that many are eager to cultivate their leadership skills and actively participate in the political process,” Equal Voice Canada executive director Nancy Peckford said.

 

Equal Voice Canada is an organization focused on electing more women to all levels of government.

Sixteen per cent (five out of 32) of Alberta’s MPs are women. Nationally, 26 per cent of MPs are women.

 

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