MP Eglinski Relinquishes His Seat for the Day in Honour of ‘Daughters of the Vote’
March 8, 2017
On March 8th, to mark the 100th anniversary of the first women in Canada being allowed to vote, and in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, one young woman from each of our country’s 338 ridings took a seat in Parliament as part of the ‘Daughters of the Vote’ initiative.
Mikayla Bosch, from Mayerthorpe, represented our riding of Yellowhead. She was selected out of a total of 1,500 applications from across Canada. Currently studying International Relations at the University of British Columbia, Ms. Bosch has a strong passion for pursuing a position in leadership, as well as participating in humanitarian projects and global equality.
The initiative, organized in partnership with Equal Voice, also coincided with international Women’s Day. Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada. Despite the advances in political participation in Canada, women remain under-represented. Today, only 26 percent of elected members in the House of Commons are female.
I was pleased to meet with Ms. Bosch and be part of the effort to promote the participation of young women in elected politics. We are privileged to live in Canada, a country in which men and women are regarded as equal. I believe that every person has the right to live the life they want to lead, and it is my hope that all of our children, regardless of their gender, will have the opportunities and tools they require to become tomorrow’s leaders.