Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Last night, Pauline Marois became the third female premier of a Canadian province to be ousted in 2014.

The first female premier of Quebec, and the Parti Québécois, were handed  crushing defeats in the provincial election that returned the Liberals with a majority. She lost her own district  of Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupr.

Last summer when the Council of the Federation met, six of the countries Premiers, representing 87% of the countries population, were women. Now only two remain. 

Nunavut’s Eva Aariak was the first to fall, followed by Kathy Dunderdale and Alberta's Alisin Redford.  The later pair were victims of caucus revolts, defections, low polling numbers and losing touch with the voter.

Are Canadian's sexist? 

Can the demise of these women premiers be explained as sexism. 

Were they elected because they were women? No. 

Were they thrown out of their respective premier's chairs because they were women? No. 

Their individual troubles had nothing to do with gender

The reality is that these leaders had lost touch with their caucuses and the voters. In the case of Dunderdale and Redford, they had become liabilities to the re-election chances of their respective parties. The left before they were thrown out.

Are women politicians treated unfairly, subject to double standards that males are not? 

That debate will be played out over and over.

I would have to agree with The Star's National Affairs reporter, Tim Harper, who says " “Pay attention to your caucus and remember you work for the taxpayer, whether you wear a skirt or jockey shorts.”

It is politics.

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