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Parliamentarians form feminist association, say getting recognized ‘won’t be easy’

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The group just reached the 50 members needed to file an application to be a formal body and hopes to join the 13 groups that receive annual Parliamentary funding.

More than 50 Parliamentarians make up the newly created Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians, including its early organizers, from left, NDP MP Christine Moore, and Independent Senators Kim Pate, Marilou McPhedran, and Mary Coyle. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file, and courtesy of Canadian Diabetes Association

Less than a year ago the Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians “was a germ of an idea” and last week after a soft launch, it doubled its numbers to reach the 50 members needed to form. But its founders say they know getting parliamentary approval—and funding—“may not go smoothly.” Only 13 groups receive an annual budget from Parliament, and it’s been 15 years since the last one was established.

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Tech sector eyes procurement as way to stimulate business

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News|By Neil Moss
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Official Languages Committee to probe WE Charity deal

News|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Beatrice Paez
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