Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner June 21, 2018
There was a cheeky text from son Jim: "Mother, you go to your first-ever G7 meeting, and all hell breaks loose!"
That's true. I was there and I was in the room, with about 20 others, seated for the breakfast meeting with the G7 leaders. I saw the offensive behaviour of the Orange Man, plunking himself down three seats from me, as the clicking cameras of the world press drowned out the remarks of our Gender Council chair, Isabelle Hudon.
He was late and disdainful; he greeted no one; gender equality is not his favourite subject.
How did I get to be there? Here is how it happened. In January, I had a delightful phone call from the Prime Minister telling me of his creative plan to appoint 18 internationally-known feminist thinkers and leaders to form an advisory committee on the status of girls and women around the world. Then to write a report, "bold and strong," he said, which he could present to the G7 leaders when they came to Quebec in June.