Debating diversity

Mayoral candidates debate lack of female political representation in

Issues that impact women and children took centre stage as Prince Albert’s four mayoral candidates squared off for the second candidate’s forum of the 2016 election.

Incumbent Greg Dionne, councillor Martin Ring, businessman Josh Morrow and activist Conrad Burns were given two minutes each to answer a series of questions provided by the Prince Albert Council of Women.

Topics included diversity training for city employees, funding for community based organizations, transportation, the Prince Albert Children’s Charter, the Husky Energy oil spill cleanup efforts, and personal character.

The first question of the night revolved around the lack of female political candidates. In its entire history, Prince Albert has only had 11 female city councilors and no female mayors.

All candidates agreed that there was a need for more female candidates, but disagreed on how to get more women involved.

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