Women make up slightly more than 50% of Canada’s population. 30% of Canada’s population is not white. The median age of people in our country is 40. Now check out the faces of the premiers of Canada’s ten provinces. In order to be representative of the people they serve, at least half of those faces should be female, four of them should be from diverse racial groups and a goodly number should be under 40. What does it say about us as a nation that the people we elect to represent us are all old white men?
I’d like to know what motivates people to vote for leaders who are all the same and don’t represent the rich and diverse human landscape of our country. Why don’t more women, young people and people from minority groups run for office? Why does a poorly-qualified man like Doug Ford win a party leadership race against two extremely capable, experienced and qualified women? Is it because old white men still control the money in our country and although we live in a democracy it is those with money who have the most power? Is it because people have just given up on the political system or has politics become so demanding and demeaning that few people besides old white men have a desire to enter that world?
Why do you think ten old white men lead the provinces in our country? Do you find that troubling? I do! What can we do to change that?