Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner October 2, 2019
Peterborough-Kawartha Liberal incumbent Maryam Monsef speaks during a Justin Trudeau campaign stop at the Evinrude Centre on September 26. CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/EXAMINER
The Maryam Monsef story to date is a spectacular one, one of great opportunity offered in Canada, of formidable ability and of a person's deep morality and prodigious work ethic.
Altogether, her achievements, done in a short time on a national and indeed international stage, all while accompanied by sharp scrutiny and criticism at all points, place Peterborough and women squarely at the centre of political life and influence in our country.
Globally, Monsef and Canada are hailed for brave leadership, backed up by real money. I have seen it with my own eyes, at the United Nations in New York, and at the Women Deliver Conference last June in Vancouver.
About 15 years ago, my spouse, John, said, "I want to learn more about Islam. I'm going to the Eid dinner at Trent."
"I'm too tired," I answered. "You go."
He came home glowing. "I met a fantastic young woman, a Trent student', he told me, "selling red scarves for women in Afghanistan. So I bought 10."
Into our lives came the remarkably talented and genuinely good young Maryam. She was highly intelligent, a very quick study, and ambitious. She arranged to meet mentors, often older women, in downtown cafés as she weighed her political options, choosing to run for mayor and then to seek the Liberal nomination in 2015, though other parties courted her.
For me, a longtime advocate for women's advancement, this was a dream come true. It seems it was for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau too, because after she won this riding, he put her, a young woman without five minutes experience in the House of Commons, in charge of the new cabinet post of Democratic Institutions. Continue Reading >HERE<
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