There was a bit of chit-chat about Pauline Marois (left) becoming the first premier of Québec which got lost in the unfortunate shooting on election night. That's probably why I completely missed the importance of her election in terms of gender balance in politics.
Five of Canada's ten provinces and three territories are now led by women. Eva Aariak (left) was the first, becoming premier of the territory of Nunavit in 2008.
Kathy Dunderdale (right) was the next, becoming leader of the ruling Progressive Conservative party in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010, and leading the party to victory in 2011.
But Alison Redford (left) in Alberta also won elections early 2012 while Christy Clark (right) became premier in British Columbia after winning a leadership race.
More than 50 per cent of the populatioan is female, and these accomplished women make up only 38 per cent of Canada's provincial and territorial leaders. Nevertheless they represent a dramatic change. And there are consoeurs in waiting like
Andrea Howarth, leader of the Ontario NDP.