If gender equality is so important to Canadians, why do we not allow female premiers a second term? Many argue that, historically, parties in decline and doomed to electoral defeat elect a female leader to clean up their mess. When the mess gets tidied enough for a possible electoral win, they replace the female with a male. Two recent examples include British Columbia’s Christy Clark and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne. Were they desperate measures for parties in decline? Yes, according to polls at the time of their taking the reins. Alberta’s Alison Redford could be another example, but not Alberta’s current premier, Rachel Notley. In most cases, the women were elected leaders of governing parties, but not Alberta’s NDP premier, Ms. Notley. She became a party leader then became premier through a provincial election. She outshone her competition that was split on the right, and many of her MLAs rode her coattails to victory. She cleaned up a lot of messes and unfinished business. So is it time to give the office back to a man? According to many talking heads on the television, it looks like it is. So is gender equality really important to Canadians, or are women here for cleaning up the messes of men and only arm candy for political parties desperate for the next win? We have been slow to give women the right to vote, we have yet to give them income parity, we are still trying in some circles to control a woman’s right to control her own body—so will we ever allow a woman to have a second term as a premier in Canada? I hope so. I have argued with various ministries of the current Alberta government, basically thinking that they were identical to the previous 40 years of Conservative governments. Now it appears that this government has made progress on many other issues, like the minimum wage, environment, and pipelines—on these, they are very different from the previous Conservative governments. Based on skills, accomplishments, direction, and many other things, I will consider voting for giving for the first time in Canadian history a second term to a female premier. Gasp. Garfield Marks Red Deer, Alta.