With dwindling support, BC Premier Gordon Campbell decided to step down about a month ago. Since then, there has been much speculation over who the next Premier will be and a number of potential women leaders have been mentioned.
According to an article “Often under siege, female politicians are reluctant leaders” in The Vancouver Sun, Carole Taylor, former Finance Minister, has said no. Diane Watts, Mayor of Surrey, has said no.
Christy Clark, former Liberal MLA, Minister of Education, Minister of Children and Family Development, and Deputy Premier of B.C., has not yet said yes or no.
Christy was brought to my attention when I was invited to this Facebook group, a grassroots group (at 331 members) supporting her as the next Premier.
According to her website, as Minister of Education Christy “increased parental involvement, led the effort to end junk food
sales in schools and introduced a fellowship to recognize excellence in teaching.”
As Minister of Children and Family Development “she delivered increased funding for childcare (and) was the first politician in BC to advocate tax credits for parents who enroll their children in sports, recreation and the arts.”
She was also the first Cabinet Minister to have a baby while serving, and retired from politics in 2005 to spend more time with her family.
While respectful of her decision and dedication to family, B.C. should hope that a woman of this caliber will take the wheel.
I look forward to seeing who it will be!
Please share your thoughts! Evidently, it can sometimes be hard to find women who are willing to take on such a big leadership role, even when actively recruiting. What do you think the main reason for this is? Are you from B.C.? Please share your thoughts on the women mentioned in this article!
PS – Mel and I went to the Canadian Study of Parliament Group‘s “Paths to Parliament” conference today – a great day of speakers and discussion on representative government. The Hon. Sheila Copps, former Deputy Prime Minister (and Nobody’s Baby) gave a fantastic keynote address! Click here to see the day’s agenda.