Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, October 26, 1974 Women's representation in politics improving By PETER LLOYD OTTAWA (CP) Women form about SO per cent of Can- ada's population, but even after an improved election showing they cannot form one- half of a Commons quorum of 20. However, the representa- tion of what some still persist in calling the fair sex is up to nine from five following the July 8 vote and their respon- sibilities have risen in a cor- responding fashion. Heading the eight Liberal women in the political hier- archy is Environment Minister Jeanne Sauve, shifted to that portfolio from science and technology in the August cabinet shuffle. Two of the new women Liberals in the 264-seat Com- mons no sooner found themselves in Ottawa than they were appointed parliamentary secretaries to active and important ministers Coline Campbell (South- western Nova) and lona Campagnolo respectively, assist Health Minister Marc Lalonde and In- dian Affairs Minister Judd that oc- casionally require them to speak on the minister's behalf, among other duties. SITS AS SPEAKER Albanie Morin (Louis- Hebert) was elected assistant deputy chairman of com- mittees of the whole House, a non-political post that fre- quently has her sitting in as Commons Speaker. The only woman in the oppo- sition is Flora MacDonald (Kingston and the Islands) Herald Family who remains the Progressive Conservative's vocal critic on Indian affairs and northern development. An MP since 1972, Miss MacDonald's prominence in the party has increased to the extent that many observers consider her a likely can- didate for the Conservative leadership when Robert Stan- field steps down during this Parliament. Despite the improvement in women's representation, even the hint of numerical equality is miles away and Mrs. Camp- agnola, for one, is doing her best to remedy the situation. never made a point of being a so-called woman- woman the 42- year-old radio station sales manager from Prince Rupert, B.C.. said this week. "I'm just a person." SHOWED INTEREST Nevertheless, a recent speech she delivered in Ver- non, B.C, testified to her interest in encouraging prospective women politicians. The election of 26 women MPs to the Commons and ap- pointment of 13 to the Senate during Canada's history was noted by Mrs. Campagnolo who said the July 8 perfor- mance was, by comparison, HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! 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However, the problems were not solved and women iri politics had to try harder than men. KEEP FACTS UP "It's necessary that we be twice as well prepared for ev- ery eventuality and if we are caught with our facts down, we'll be judged twice as harshly as would our male counterparts." Mrs. Campagnolo said she has not met prejudice in her northern British Columbia riding, and she called on women to have more con- fidence in their ability to play the game of politics. "You can endure the shocks, stresses and strains better than you think you can. You are more resilient than your mother led you to believe you were and you are physically much stronger than your father taught you you were. "You are an able, adept, clever human being. But if your goal is political, dump the word 'lady' and the word 'woman' for the moment. "Take it from your day-to- day work life and become a person instead." 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Rovey promotes women's involvement in polities By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Staff Writer Women's political awareness "has to go farther than the coffee cups in the says the national president of the Women's Liberal Commission. Visiting Lethbridge this week to promote women's involvement in politics at all levels, Mrs. Jean Rovey maintained women must turn their energies from grumbling at coffee parties to shouldering political responsibility, if they ever hope to influence society. Women represent about 50 per cent of the population and should have far greater representation in positions of political power, says Mrs. Rovey. As president of the 18-month-old women's an adjunct of the Liberal party which replaces the old Liberal women's federa- tion where members were usually fund- raisers and coffee-servers Mrs. Rovey's task is to travel across Canada stimulating female political awareness. Her specific party mandate is to encourage more women Liberals to run for office. Replacing the sociable women's federa- tion with the harder-hitting Liberal Women's Commission has not drastically reduced the numbers of women "behind the admits Mrs. Rovey. "That's why I insist we cannot at this time abandon the women's group she'says. "If we did, we'd lose all contact with our women members. We must work to increase women's awareness to the point where they are confident of their own abilities and will stand up and com- pete with men." "Women do not want to take over the she adds, "but merely to assume their rightful place in all levels of society. They have for too long been geared to a secondary slot in life." Women's own reluctance to get involved in politics is even more responsible for their absence in government than men's hostility or indifference to them, emphasizes Mrs. Rovey. "For too many women, politics is un- savory, says Mrs. Rovey. "That conception is changing, but'all too slowly. Women must realize that politics is an integral part of our daily lives. All we think or do is directly or indirectly govern- ed by the party in power. When you con- sider that, politics takes on a whole new look." Young women, despite talk of liberation, .are not as political-minded as they should be. Whether they realize it or not, women are involved in politics if they pursue concerns in welfare, education, health or consumer affairs she says. "It is apparent men run government, make laws and mold says Mrs. Rovey "Women must get into the mainstream of politics if they wish to influence the course of their own lives." However, she defends those women who do not want to become personally active in politics. In promoting the few who are aware enough to compete for office, the political parties must not scorn those women who prefer to work at the club level or behind the scenes for other can- didates. "Women's groups can now provide in- valuable service by raising women's con- sciousness, giving them time to prepare and educate adds Mrs. Rovey. She ruefully admits that one of the biggest problems is convincing women to "vote for other women." "Maybe it's that little demon of she says. "But we don't seem to trust each other." She says the problem is compounded by some women who "get to the top" and then forget about the other women "still struggling along and begin to think and act like men." "Women who do make it, must work to help others still working towards she insists. Even though money shortages, family ties and public prejudices make it dif- ficult, Mrs. Rovey urges women to seek of- fice, starting at municipal levels of government. HALLO WEEN TEAS BAZAAR CHINOOK PENSIONERS ft SENIOR CITIZENS LADIES' AUXILIARY Sit., Nov. 2 p.m. Gyms 1 ft 2 Civic Sports Centre HOME BAKINQ. SEWING, HANDICRAFTS, NOVELTIES, PARCEL POST. 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Spooky arrived for her weekend at our house burdened with five different kinds of cat food (fish, vegetable, meat, chicken and catnip her cutlery and best china, her silken quilts and wicker bed and I'd forgotten about this her lilac- scented kitty litter. I could tell the moment she set paw in the door that Spooky wasn't happy about the arrangement. She glared haughtily at the philistine catless couple left tending her and cruelly spurned the fond farewells of her family. From then on, it was armed truce all the way. Spooky refus- ed to eat her dinner, rejecting fish niblets, turning up her nose and twitching her whiskers with distaste. The implication was obvious: she suspected me of unsanitary kitchen habits. A lady of definite social habits, Spooky wanted to go out to the theatre after dinner and paced haughtily at the back door, tail swishing regally. She glowered, she huffed, she pined: it was no good I was under strict orders from her owners to con- fine her to quarters the first night. If she'd have unbent a little and rubbed against my ankles, I might have relented. But no, she remained intransigent. Never casting a second look at her wicker beauty-rest. Spooky spent the night in our softest armchair. We thought it best not to intrude. She was in a more charitable mood the next morning but began door-pacing about noon and streaked off the minute the door was opened. And, as they say in the melodramas, t'was the last I saw of her. By three o'clock I was as nervous as a cat myself. Suppose she'd been run over, catnapped, seized by neighborhood delin- quents and tortured, trapped in an over-turned garbage pail. By four o'clock my guilt was too great I was sure she was miffed because I'd ordered her off the chesterfield. Maybe she was gone for good. How would I face the owners again, or their children? 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