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Parliament Hill will be overrun by women this week

By Sheila Copps      

This time, 338 young women will be taking seats in the House of Commons. Daughters of the Vote, a major national gathering spearheaded by the multi-partisan Equal Voice, will be debating key issues facing Canada in the next 150 years.

Equal Voice's Nancy Peckford, left, pictured at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa with Hill journalist Melanie Marquis, conceived the name of the project, Daughters of the Vote, on the back of serviette at a local fast food restaurant in Kemptville, Ont., writes Sheila Copps. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—This week, Parliament Hill will be overrun by women. Normally, that is not so unusual, as the majority of political and bureaucratic support staffers are women. But this time, 338 young women will be taking seats in the House of Commons. Daughters of the Vote, a major national gathering spearheaded by the multi-partisan Equal Voice, will be debating key issues facing Canada in the next 150 years. Future leaders include 70 indigenous representatives, and women from as far

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