Hughes to host women in politics event

Ottawa –   When more women become involved in politics, Canadians are served in a way that truly reflects our population, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes will be hosting a non-partisan discussion of women in politics at the Brodie Library in Thunder Bay on Friday September 21st.  She wants women to see themselves as part of a positive force that can improve our democratic institutions.

“I have seen first-hand how women from all parties can help keep debate more civil and idea-focussed,” said Hughes.  “Despite this positive effect, we still need to find a way for more women to become involved.”

Hughes is a three-term MP who represents Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing and serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole. 

“We have to encourage women who are interested in making our communities and country a better place to become involved,” said Hughes.  “There are still barriers and one of the biggest is for women to know there is a place for them in this process.”

Hughes feels she benefitted from a concerted effort by her party to have more women run in winnable seats and would like to see all parties make this a priority.

“That starts at the grass roots and filters up through parties,” said Hughes.  “This event is a part of a bigger effort that will help bring our public representation in line with our population.”