THE BRIEFING NOTE 07/19/22

Madame Premier
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 A NOTE FROM MADAME PREMIER'S
SARAH ELDER-CHAMANARA
 
THE LAST MONTH (ALSO THE LAST SIX YEARS) HAS BEEN REALLY DIFFICULT. YET ANOTHER SENSELESS ANDSCHOOL SHOOTING IN THE United States WITH 19 CHILDREN AND TWO TEACHERS BEING MURDERED, THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE WITH THEIR DECISION TO GIVE ABORTION BACK TO THE STATES TO DECIDE WITH ALREADY TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES FOR GIRLS, WOMEN AND PREGNANT PEOPLE.
 
IN CANADA WE ARE GRAPPLING WITH THE ONGOING FALLOUT FROM THE TRUCK CONVOY, DISCUSSIONS ABOUT ACESS TO ABORTION IN CANADA AND UNDERSTANDING THAT IT ISN'T CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED, LEADERSHIP RACES FOR THE FEDERAL CONSERVATIVES AND RACES IN ALBERTA AND BC THAT WILL SEE TWO NEW PREMIERS ELECTED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTY MEMBERSHIPS, HEALTH CANADA APPROVING THE FIRST PEDIATRIC VACCINE RECEIVING APPROVAL WITH DIFFERENT ROLLOUTS FROM INDIVIDUAL PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES. ADD ON THE ONGOING WAR IN UKRAINE, POLITICAL DRAMA IN THE UK, EXTREME WEATHER AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, THE JANUARY 6TH HEARINGS, SHIFTING MIDDLE EASTERN ALLIANCES AND BIDEN'S FIST-BUMP WITH MBS AND MORE… 
 
YOU AREN'T ALONE IN FEELING ANGRY, HEARTBROKEN AND OVERWHELMED BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. HOW CAN THIS BE THE WORLD WE LIVE IN, A WORLD FOR OUR CHILDREN TO INHERIT? IT MAKES ME QUESTION OUR SENSE OF HUMANITY AND WHERE THE WORLD IS GOING. IT ISN'T A TIME FOR COMPLACENCY - THAT IS WHAT THOSE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO THE STATUS QUO ARE DEPENDING ON. NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED, TO VOLUNTEER, TO SPEAK OUT, TO LEVERAGE YOUR NETWORKS, PLATFORMS AND PRIVILEGE AND DO SOMETHING AND LITERALLY GIVE A DAMN.
 
SARAH
 
WHAT MADAME PREMIER IS LISTENING TO
 
GET CAUGHT UP ON SARAH'S PODCAST ELLECTED WITH EPISODES FROM SENATOR KIM PATE, DR. KATE GRAHAM, KATHRYN MARSHALL, KATIE GIBBS AND UCP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES REBECCA SCHULZ, RAJAN SAWHNEY AND LEELA AHEER. LINKS TO SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN ARE HERE.
 
MADME PREMIER GOT MENTIONS THIS WEEK ON THE HERLE BURLEY AND ON THE CURSE OF POLITICS!
 
WHAT MADAME PREMIER IS READING
 

THIS OP-ED FROM HEIDI TWOREK, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN INTERNATIONAL HISTORY AND PUBLC POLICY ON THE ONLINE ABUSE AND HARASSMENT OF WOMEN IN POLITICS.

MADAME PREMIER WAS IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL LAST MONTH AND WE MIGHT HAVE BOUGHT MULTIPLE COPIES.

COALITION-BUILDING IS KEY TO MOVING WOMEN'S POLITICAL LEADERSHIP FORWARD BY TIFFANY GARDNER IN MS. MAGAZINE.

OUR NUMBER BOOK PICK AT THE STORE IS AN ACTIVISTS GUIDE TO GETTING ELECTED BY FORMER NDP MP PEGGY NASH. IT'S A MUST-READ IF YOU ARE NEW TO POLITICS OR EVEN A SEASONED CAMPAIGNER. THIS KIND OF BOOK, FOR WOMEN IN POLITICS, IS A FIRST OF ITS KIND IN CANADA.

THIS PIECE IN THE TORONTO STAR TITLED HOW DOES CANADA GET MORE WOMEN ELECTED? SOME PROVINCES HAVE THE ANSWER BY KRISTIN RUSHOWY.

WHAT MADME PREMIER IS WATCHING
NETFLIX HAS A GOOD NUMBER OF POLITICAL DRAMAS THAT ARE WORTH WATCHING. AT THE TOP OF THE LIST IS BORGEN, A FICTIONAL TAKE ON ELECTING DENMARK'S FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER. WATCH BOTH SEASONS BUT PREPARE FOR A DARKER SEASON TWO WITH THE MAIN CHARACTER BIRGITTE NYBORG MAKING MORE CALCULATED MOVES WITH HEAVY CONSEQUENCES.
 
A MUCH SHORTER WATCH WITH SIX EPISODES IS WEB OF MAKE BELIEVE: DEATH, LIES AND THE INTERNET. THIS SERIES WALKS YOU THROUGH FIVE VERY DIFFERENT BUT VERY REAL ISSUES RELATED TO WHAT HAPPENS ON THE INTERNET AND BEYOND. THE FIRST EPSIODE BREAKS DOWN THE MURDER OF DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE STAFFER AND HOW HIS STORY WAS MADE INTO A CONSPIRACY BY FOX NEWS, REPUBLICAN OPERATIVES, CONSPIRACY THEORISTS AND EVEN JULIAN ASSANGE.

 

 

WHAT MADAME PREMIER IS PLANNING

 

 

VOTE WOMEN VOTE IS THE PASSION PROJECT OF MADAME PREMIER'S SARAH ELDER-CHAMANARA AND SHE'S FINALLY GETTING IT GOING. VOTE WOMEN VOTE WILL BE A NEW NATIONAL NON-PROFIT THAT WILL MOBILIZE WOMEN TO EXERCISE THEIR VOTES TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOMES OF ELECTIONS IN CANADA.
 

THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR WOMEN ON BOARDS, ASKING WOMEN TO RUN FOR OFFICE, WOMEN IN INDUSTRY, BUT THERE IS NO ORGANIZATION THAT I AM AWARE OF THAT FOCUSES ON WOMEN VOTING. WE ARE 51% OF THE POPULATION AND WE NEED WOMEN TO UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF THEIR VOTE AND ABILITY TO DEMAND MORE AND BETTER FROM POLITICIANS, POLITICAL PARTIES AND GOVERNMENT. 

WE NEED WOMEN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FROM EAST TO WEST AND NORTH TO SOUTH, TO TAKE PART. WOMEN FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS AND WITH ALL LIFE EXPERIENCES TO TAKE PART. WOMEN WHO SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, WOMEN WHO HAVE LIVED IN CANADA FOR ONE MONTH, ONE YEAR, WHO WERE BORN HERE. INDIGENOUS WOMEN, BLACK WOMEN, TRANS WOMEN, LGBTQ WOMEN, MARGINALIZED WOMEN - ALL WOMEN.

IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT WHAT’S WRONG AND WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. WE NEED TO ACT AND EMPOWERING WOMEN TO UNDERSTAND THE ELECTORAL PROCESS, THE VALUE AND WEIGHT OF THEIR VOTES, AND FOR POLITICIANS, POLITICAL PARTIES AND GOVERNMENTS TO UNDERSTAND OUR COLLECTIVE AND INDIVIDUAL POWER IN INFLUENCING THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS.

FOLLOW @VOTEWOMENVOTE ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER AND FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES.

EVENTS ON OUR RADAR
TOMORROW OUR FRIENDS AT THE 51 ARE HOLDING THEIR FIRST IN-PERSON EVENT SINCE COVID STARTED AND WE ARE EXCITED TO GET TOGETHER WITH OUR FINANCIAL FEMINIST BESTIES TO HEAR WHAT THEY ARE UP TO.    
 
JULY 20TH IS THE DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATES TO ENTER THE UCP LEADERSHIP RACE IN ALBERTA WITH THE ELECTION ITSELF TAKING PLACE ON OCTOBER 6TH WHICH MEANS ALBERTANS WILL FIND OUT WHO THE UCP MEMBERSHIP HAS ELECTED AS THE NEW PREMIER OF ALBERTA.
 
BC'S PREMIER JOHN HORGAN HAS ANNOUNCED HE'S STEPPING DOWN AND SO FAR THE ONLY CANDIDATE RUNNING TO REPLACE HIM IS MLA DAVID EBY WHO IS RUMOURED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY. THE BC NDP HAS A GENDER EQUITY EQUITY RULE STATING IF A MAN RETIRES FROM AN NDP-HELD SEAT IN BC, THE REPLACEMENT MUST BE A WOMAN OR AN EQUITY SEEKING MAN FOR IT'S CANDIDATES AND COULD POSSIBLY USE SOMETHING LIKE IT FOR THE POSITION OF LEADER. THE WINNER, ALSO THE NEXT PREMIER OF BC, WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 3RD.
 

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