EDITORIAL – Kamloops has a history of gutsy female City councillors

An ArmchairMayor editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

OUR GOVERNMENTS have a shortage of representation from women — that’s nothing new. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tried to address it, appointing 15 women to his cabinet of 30 members. Still, of the 335 Members of Parliament, far less than half — 88 — are women.

Coun. Marg Spina
Coun. Marg Spina

In B.C., we have a woman premier but of the 22 cabinet ministers, nine are women, and of 85 MLAs, 32 are women.

Kamloops City council has a similar disparity; always has. The current nine-member council has three women, which has been average over the past several terms. Now, it will lose one of them, at least temporarily, as Coun. Marg Spina takes an indefinite leave of absence for treatment of breast cancer.

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