October 2, 2021 Speakers Series Report

October 2, 2021 Speakers Series Report

Topic: Protect, Elect and Respect Canadian Women in Politics

The session on October 2nd was informative, eye-opening and disturbing. If you missed it, the session was recorded. Please contact Ingrid Sproxton to obtain the recording link and password.

October 2nd Plenary Meeting Protect, Elect and Respect Canadian Women in Politics

Our October 2nd Speakers Series featured three compelling speakers.  Our keynote speaker was Senator Marilou McPhedran.  Senator McPhedran was joined for a panel discussion by Michelle Foxton and Roberta Abbot, who were both candidates in the 2021 federal election.  The topic of the day was Canadian women in politics

Senator Marilou McPhedran is a human rights lawyer, professor and activist, and was appointed as an independent senator in the Parliament of Canada by Governor General David Johnston on the recommendation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2016. 

Ms. Michelle Foxton, Liberal candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, and Ms. Roberta Abbot, Liberal candidate for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, talked about their lived experience as women candidates in the 2021 federal election.

The presentations were followed by a Q&A session when all three speakers addressed questions from the audience.

As well, Advocacy Committee Chair Teri Shaw provided an overview of CFUW policy regarding women in politics and the Status of Women and Human Rights Standing Committee Chair has written a report about the Speakers Series presentations.  Click on the links below to view.

Shortly after Senator Marilou McPhedran spoke to us on October 2nd, we were saddened to hear of her fight with the Independent Senators’ Group (ISG) which led to her resignation from the group on October 18, 2021. She now sits as a true independent. OC sent a message of support to Senator McPhedran regarding the ISG hearing. To view the OC message and Senator McPhedran’s response, click here.

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