Please suggest a woman you feel would be an extraordinary and electable Prime Minister for Canada. No suggestion will be considered to be wide of the mark.
This paragon of a woman will need to be charismatic and have a vision for improving the lives of Canadian women. As such, she will need to be cognizant of issues that are important to Canadian women and have a position on all or most of them. A previously compiled list of the ten most-worrisome topics follow this note.
You might wonder why I am asking for your input and assistance…
In 1996, the United Nations ranked Canada number one in terms of sex equality — by 2010/2011, we had slipped to 18th place.
Surely, like me, you find this decline unacceptable. Surely, like me, you want more, not just for ourselves but for our daughters, our granddaughters and generations to follow them.
This message is being sent to all my family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues. I hope you are not offended and I encourage and implore you to participate. Your response needs only to be two words – a first and last name. I am well-aware that some of you choose not to vote, nevertheless I value your opinion and hope you will share your thoughts.
If you would like to forward this message to your contacts, I shall be very grateful and will value their input as well. Together we may create an electronic brain-storming event.
This study is independent and nonpartisan and you have my word that your individual responses will never be shared with anyone. It is my hope that casually compiled opinions will generate a list of ten or so popular names. If you are interested in reading this list, please so indicate in your response.
If you are still undecided about participating, please consider…
"There is no such thing as being non-political. Just by making a decision to stay out of politics you are making the decision to allow others to shape politics and exert power over you. And if you are alienated from the current political system, then just by staying out of it you do nothing to change it, you simply entrench it."
Thank you for taking the time to read my note and for any contribution you care to make.
List of most common concerns voiced by Canadian women:
1. Status of women in Canada. U.N. report shows a systematic erosion in the status of Canadian women since 2004.
2. Employment. Including under-employment, job sharing, pensions, retirement and, of course, pay equity (still at 70% - less for older/disabled/aboriginal/visible minority women).
3. Health Care. For both women and their children including the physical fitness of both the women and their children.
4. Human rights and Equity.
5. Domestic violence. Including women’s shelters.
6. LGBT rights. Including homophobia and transphobia in both the work and home environments.
7. Child care.
8. Impact of the federal government’s Budget 2012.
9. We are allowing young women to be left behind. In the present economic state, young women (regardless of their educational accomplishments) are having difficulty finding decent employment and are forced to take either part-time jobs with minimum wage and/or volunteer positions.
10. Rural women’s issues. Each of the above issues exist and are magnified when transposed onto a rural/small town setting.
 Joan Kirner at Women Into Power Conference, Adelaide, October 1994