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Distinguished Canadian women

Federal politics



Top: Nycole Turmel, Elizabeth May, Lisa Raitt Bottom: Olivia Chow, Diane Finley, Rona Ambrose, Leona Aglukkaq, Kim Campbell (© The Canadian Press; Reuters)
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  • anada's Hayley Wickenheiser (R) holds her son Noah during post match celebrations with team mate Danielle Goyette (L), following Canada's 4-1 triumph over Sweden in the women's ice hockey gold medal game at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy February 20, 2006. (© Brian Snyder/Reuters)
  • Top: Hayley Wickenheiser, Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Bottom: Lorie Kane, Eugenie Bouchard, Marie-Philip Poulin (© Ben Nelms/Reuters; Ryan Remiorz, Darryl Dyck, J.P. Moczulski/The Canadian Press; Peter Dejong, Sergey Ponomarev/AP Photo)
  • Top: Celine Dion, Feist, Shania Twain, Jann Arden Bottom: k.d. lang, Karen Kain, Measha Brueggergosman (© Reuters; Getty Images; AP Photos)
  • Top: Deepa Mehta, Ellen Page, Sarah Polley Bottom: Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood (© Reuters; PictureGroup; Getty Images)
  • Top: Nycole Turmel, Elizabeth May, Lisa Raitt Bottom: Olivia Chow, Diane Finley, Rona Ambrose, Leona Aglukkaq, Kim Campbell (© The Canadian Press; Reuters)
  • Top: Alison Redford, Hazel McCallion, Christy Clark Bottom: Kathleen Wynne , Pauline Marois (© The Canadian Press; Reuters)
  • Top: Michaelle Jean, Adrienne Clarkson Bottom: Beverley McLachlin, France Charbonneau and Louise Arbour. (© The Canadian Press; Reuters)
  • Top: Christine Magee, Heather Reisman, Debbie Travis Bottom: Vianne Timmons, Bonnie Brooks, Belinda Stronach, Janet Kennedy (© Reuters; AP Photo; The Canadian Press; Microsoft)
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Nycole Turmel - Nycole Turmel was first elected as an NDP MP in 2011, defeating a Liberal candidate in the Hull Aylmer riding that had been Liberal for 100 years. She was president of the national caucus and when Leader Jack Layton stepped down due to poor health in July that year, she was nambed the party's interim leader.

Elizabeth May - As the current leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May is a prominent environmentalist. In the 2011 election, she became the first Green Party candidate to be elected into the House of Commons.

Lisa Raitt - First elected as MP for Halton, in ONtario, in 2008, Lisa Raitt was appointed Minister of Transport in 2013. She has also been Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Labour. Prior to her election, Raitt, a lawyer, was presdietn and CEO of the Toronto Port Autority.

Olivia Chow - Olivia Chow has been the NDP MP for Trinity-Spadina in Toronto, Ont. since 2006. Her political career started with Toronto's City Council when, in 1991, she became the first Asian woman to be elected. She has advocated for many high-profile initiatives, such as universal, non-profit national child care program and immigration reform.

Diane Finley - Elected as the MP from Haldimand-Norfork in Ontario in 2004, Diane Finley is now Minister of Public Works, having been appointed in 2013. She has also held positions as Minister of Human Resourcesand Social development, Minister of Cirizenship and Immigration and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Rona Ambrose - Elected first as an MP from  Edmton-Spruce Grove in 2004, Rona Ambrose was appointed Minister of Health in 2013. She has also served as minister in environment, intergovernmental affairs, labour and public works.

Leona Aglukkaq - Elected as the federal member for Nunavummiut in 2008, Leona Aglukkaq was appointed Minister of Health shortly afterwards and became the first Inuk to be appointed to the Cabinet of Canada. In 2013 she was named Minister of the Environment. She is also Minster of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council. Before entering federal politics, Aglukkaq served in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly and on the Cambridge Bay Council.

Right Honourable Kim Campbell - After Kim Campbell's time as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, she stayed active as a global business and political speaker. Campbell has served as the secretary general of Club Madrid, where former heads of government promote democratization with leaders of transitional governments. She has also served on the Council of Women World Leaders, the Foundation of Effective Governance and the World Movement for Democracy.

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