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Doing Politics Differently?

Women Premiers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Doing Politics Differently?

Women Premiers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories

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.

332 pages


Table of Contents

1 Exploring Women’s Leadership / Sylvia Bashevkin

Part 1: The Territories

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

3 Pat Duncan, Yukon’s Accidental Premier / Maura Forrest

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

Part 2: Atlantic Canada

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

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

Part 3: Central Canada

7 Pauline Marois’s Paradoxical Record as Quebec Premier / Philippe Bernier Arcand

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

Part 4: Western Canada

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

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

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

Part 5: Drawing Conclusions

12 Doing Politics Differently? / Sylvia Bashevkin

Contributors; Index

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