A new storefront in Calgary is using satirical, political and feminist-inspired clothing to bring awareness to the lack of women in politics and other traditionally male-dominated spaces.
Activist brand Madame Premier launched online just before the federal election in 2019. As of Saturday, it will have a physical store in Inglewood for people to connect.
The founder and owner of the company, Sarah Elder-Chamanara, is a former political staffer for the Liberal Party in B.C. She worked as an executive assistant to various ministers from 2007 to 2012.
“Politics to this day in all its forms is still a very typically male-dominated environment,” she told the Calgary Eyeopener on Friday. “And there needs to be the creation of space for other people with other voices … so that any decisions that are made are made with better voices and better opinions that reflect everyone they’re being made for.”
Madame Premier started when Elder-Chamanara sat on the board of Ask Her YYC and pitched the idea as a fundraiser in 2018. When the non-profit wasn’t interested, she turned it into a business instead.
Women underrepresented in politics
Women face a lack of representation on the provincial political stage. There have been 12 “madame premiers” in Canada. In Alberta, just two out of 18 premiers have been women, Alison Redford and Rachel Notley, since the province was created in 1905.
But Madame Premier doesn’t just advocate for women in elected roles, said Elder-Chamanara. It also pushes for “women in the back rooms, women working in the prime minister’s office, working in premiers’ offices and communication.”
“Let’s not pretend that being a woman in politics at any level is easy,” she said. “There are some very difficult things that happen. And we also need to talk about those.”
Though Madame Premier is a Calgary brand, Elder-Chamanara said its message applies to anyone across the country, and it’s not tied to a specific political party.
“The most important belief that underlies everything is that there has to be that commitment and … the societal change that allows women and marginalized voices the ability to have those spaces at the table,” she said.
Extending to other spaces
Other clothing sold by the brand promotes girls and women to have a place in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) fields.
“It has extended beyond politics because there is also still an overwhelming need to encourage women and girls to be in so many different spaces that traditionally haven’t been [open to them],” said Elder-Chamanara.
With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.
Totalenergies CEO says its decision to exit Petrocedeno not linked to politics – Reuters
PARIS, July 29 (Reuters) – TotalEnergies said on Thursday that the sale of its 30.3% stake in Petrocedeno was not linked to the political situation in Venezuela, its chief executive said.
Patrick Pouyanné was speaking during an analyst call.
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Independent MP Derek Sloan hopes his new political party ‘excites’ Canadians about politics – Global News
Independent MP for Hastings Lennox and Addington, Derek Sloan, has confirmed to Global News that he is in the process of trying to launch his own political party. The MP says it will be called the “True North” party, pending Elections Canada Approval.
“I think Canadians are disenfranchised with the current political landscape, and I’m hoping to excite Canadians about politics and about Canada and to really get people happy again about Canada and hopeful,” said Sloan.
A spokesperson for Elections Canada said that they are working to ensure all requirements under the Canada Elections Act are met, in order for Sloan’s party to become official.
In the meantime, Sloan has been spending time outside of his riding during the pandemic, making a number of trips to Western Canada.
Sloan explained that his travels are necessary in order to promote his “movement” on a national scale.
“Right now I believe for the sake of our riding, I need to sort of boost the popularity of this movement across the country,” said Sloan.
Sloan became an independent MP earlier this year when he was removed from the Conservative Party of Canada.
Former conservative senator, Hugh Segal, says Sloan’s move to create a new party could negatively impact his former party.
“If he’ll be more to the right, he’ll obviously be taking some votes away from the Conservatives at that far right-winged edge in his constituency and other constituencies where there may be candidates for his new party,” said Segal.
Liberal Mike Bossio lost his seat to Sloan last election, and will be trying to win it back during the upcoming election.
Bossio believes Sloan has become a polarizing figure in the riding due to his views (ranging from abortion and LGBQT2 issues, to COVID-19 and vaccines.)
“He has a very different worldview that he’s been sharing with Canadians. It’s certainly not a view that I share in any way, shape or form, I think that it’s a toxic and dangerous view,” said Bossio.
Sloan says while he’s starting to build momentum for his new party in Western Canada, his intention to run in his own riding has not changed.
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Jared Kushner to leave politics, launch investment firm – sources – Reuters
WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former President Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.
Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president’s senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami.
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also looking to open an office in Israel to pursue regional investments to connect Israel’s economy and India, North Africa and the Gulf, said two people briefed on the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The sources had no details about potential investors and said the firm was still in the planning phase.
Kushner has spent the last six months with his family in Miami writing a book about his White House experiences that is expected to be published early next year.
Kushner helped broker deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco in a six-month flurry last year. He also helped negotiate a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
Kushner remains close with his father-in-law, the sources said, but by re-entering the private sector he is stepping away from politics for the foreseeable future.
The Republican Party has been divided over the deadly attacks on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by Trump supporters, and Trump’s false claims that he beat Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Kushner and his family have been spending the summer as Trump’s next-door neighbor at Trump’s golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey.
People close to the former president say he is strongly considering another run for the Republican nomination in 2024.
Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Heather Timmons
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