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Women all the rage in Ontario politics

1/23/2013

Canada could soon have almost as many female provincial or territorial leaders as male ones.
   
Two women are leading the race to replace Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who resigned in October.
   
If Sandra Pupatello or Kathleen Wynne win the Ontario Liberal leadership vote this weekend, the province would become the sixth to be governed by a woman.
   
Experts say the near gender parity in leaders at that level across the country could be short-lived.
   
They say it would be more significant if a female premier of Ontario could solidify her position with an electoral win.
   
Alberta Premier Alison Redford, Quebec's Pauline Marois and Newfoundland and Labrador's Kathy Dunderdale have all cemented their victories in a general election.
   
Members of the Nunavut legislature chose Eva Aariak as premier in 2008 -- and Christy Clark, who became B-C premier in 2011,  hasn't yet faced a general election.

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