Catherine McKenna
Hon. Catherine McKenna
Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre
McKenna: How to run – like a girl – for political office

Catherine McKenna, then the federal Liberal candidate in Ottawa Centre, holds up a new pair of red sneakers as she launches her campaign in August, 2015. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROCCETTO /Ottawa Citizen

Here are the facts: In Ottawa, only four of 23 city councillors are women. That’s a dismal 17 per cent of council. In cities across Canada, on average women make up only 26 per cent of the councillors. Women make up more than half of our population. We need politics to be representative of the population it serves.

In Ottawa, there is momentum to change this. Councillor Diane Deans is calling for a women’s bureau, and Mayor Jim Watson has shown support for gender parity on all committees and boards that receive appointments from the city. But we can do better. We need more women to run in politics. And importantly – we need more women to win. 

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