Yesterday morning at 7:30am, I attended the 21st Annual Person’s Day Breakfast put on by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). It was a really well attended event with what I would guess as over 200 guests.
The Guest Speaker was former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan and the topic was “why aren’t more women running for elected office.” It was a really interesting talk about the societal, cultural, and structural reasons why women can’t seem to break the 20%-25% involvement in electoral politics in Canada, along with some solutions on how to change this.
Other notable folks in attendance include blogging-types Sam, Nicole Martel, Ken Chapman, and many political types including Liberal MLA’s Laurie Blakeman (Edmonton Centre), Dan Backs (Edmonton Manning), Bill Bonko (Edmonton Decore), Tory MLA Dave Hancock (Edmonton Whitemud), and NDP MLA want-to-be Rachel Notley (candidate in Edmonton Strathcona). City Councillors Jane Batty, Michael Phair, Karen Leibovici, and Linda Sloan were also in attendance.