Seeking Balance

Conversations with BC Women in Politics

Anne Edwards

Many Canadians say that British Columbia is the zaniest province, politically speaking. It’s too diverse, too polarized — geographically, demographically and ideologically. But the BC political arena is lively, and it has often led the way in electing women to parliaments — as respected spokespeople for the public, as equal people. In these conversations, women who served as members of the provincial legislature or the Canadian parliament reveal their ambitions and their reactions to serving in a political system designed and still dominated by men. They reach decisions in ways that do not fit; they bring ideas to groups ill-suited to respond; and they clearly see the jagged edges that should be smoothed in order to create a vibrant democratic state. These women — of many ages, across party lines and from all parts of the province — share attitudes and insights into the lively world of BC politics, at home and across our nation.