Doing Politics Differently?: Women Premiers in Canada's Provinces and Territories

Doing Politics Differently?: Women Premiers in Canada's Provinces and Territories

by Sylvia Bashevkin (Editor)


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Women have reached the highest levels of political office in Canada’s provinces and territories, but what difference has their rise to the top made? In Doing Politics Differently? leading researchers from across the country assess the track records of eleven premiers, including their impact on policies of particular interest to women and their influence on the tenor of legislative debate and the recruitment of other women as party candidates, cabinet ministers, and senior bureaucrats. By comparing the performance of women leaders and then contrasting it with the men who preceded and succeeded them, this innovative volume probes the importance of demographic diversity in top public office using a variety of powerful analytic lenses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774860819
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sylvia Bashevkin is professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Contributors: Clark Banack, Sylvia Bashevkin, Philippe Bernier Arcand, Amanda Bittner, Drew Brown, Don Desserud, Maura Forrest, Sheena Kennedy Dalseg, Elizabeth Goodyear‑Grant, Tracy Summerville, Robin Sutherland, Melanee Thomas, and Graham White

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables vii

1 Exploring Women's Leadership Sylvia Bash Evkin 3

Part 1 The Territories

2 "Never in My Life Did I Do Anything Alone": Nellie Cournoyea as Premier of the Northwest Territories Graham White 33

3 Pat Duncan, Yukon's Accidental Premier Maura Forrest 57

4 Eva Aariak: Strong Nunavut Leader, Reluctant Politician Sheena Kennedy Dalseg 84

Part 2 Atlantic Canada

5 Striking a Balance: Catherine Callbeck as Premier of Prince Edward Island Don Desserud Robin Sutherland 111

6 In the Wake of Male Charisma: Kathy Dunderdale and the Status of Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics Drew Brown Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant Amanda Bittner 132

Part 3 Central Canada

7 Pauline Marois's Paradoxical Record as Quebec Premier Philippe Bernier Arcand 153

8 Activist Outsider Becomes Partisan Insider: Kathleen Wynne as Ontario Premier Sylvia Bashevkin 173

Part 4 Western Canada

9 Rita Johnston and Christy Clark as British Columbia Premiers Tracy Summerville 203

10 Women and Politics in Alberta under Alison Redford Clark Banack 225

11 Governing as if Women Mattered: Rachel Notley as Alberta Premier Melanee Thomas 250

Part 5 Drawing Conclusions

12 Doing Politics Differently? Sylvia Bashevkin 275

Acknowledgments 298

Contributors 300

Index 302

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