Fall of women premiers 'disappointing'
With the resignation last week of Alberta Premier Alison Redford, the number of women premiers in the country fell from six just a few months ago to three.
That's a disappointment for the P.E.I. Coalition for Women in Government.
When Kathleen Wynne became leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January of last year she made a total of six women premiers serving in Canada at the time. But the record number did not last long.
- Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak lost her seat in an October election.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale resigned in January.
Dawn Wilson, executive director of the P.E.I. Coalition for Women in Government, said there seem to be greater expectations placed on women party leaders and perhaps not as much support from the parties. She said she was excited and hopeful when Canada reached a new record of six women as premiers or territorial leaders.
"It was disappointing to see us go from six to three in such a short amount of time," said Wilson.
The group has been working for years to encourage more women to run in politics on P.E.I. and has made a number of recommendations for change.
"I think it's an opportunity for us to have conversation about some of the challenges and hopefully shed some light on that and also push forward some of our recommendations," said Wilson.
Wilson said some of the recommendations the coalition would like to see addressed soon include getting rid of evening hours of the legislature, planning more standing committee meetings outside of Charlottetown, and establishing a caregiver benefit to MLAs with small children or who are looking after older relatives.