A Drumheller Town Councilor is proud of her fellow female politicians despite a survey that says there are enough women in politics.
Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk was responding to a survey from Abacus Data and Equal Voice Canada in which the majority of respondents (54 per cent) stated there were enough women in politics, while some others felt there were too many women in the field.
"It's not necessarily the sex of a woman to begin with, but more so with what's happened in the last, say five years, in Alberta politics," stated Hansen-Zacharuk."You start from (Alison) Redford going on through and now we have an NDP Premier, Ms. Notley, and the general feeling towards most of the female politicians, provincially anyway, has been quite negative."
She added it's different in municipal politics and feels she has never felt influenced to not run because of her gender.
"The people in our community have always been open armed, welcoming and at the end of the day I guess they just want somebody there that actually cares," Hansen-Zacharuk said.
Respondents to the survey, which was released this week, indicated negativity was the biggest barrier to getting into politics. Hansen-Zacharuk feels one barrier for women in politics could be ensuring they're spending enough time with family.
"It's admirable spending more time on raising their children. I never quite had that opportunity, It was always work, work, work and I'd bring my kids with me, but for me I don't see that as a barrier " she reminisced. "I don't think there is a barrier except what an individual places on themself."
Hansen-Zacharuk's has a passion for politics and encourages women who may be interested in the field to get involved. She says women who feel they can bring something to the table and want to help make change in their world should get involved in politics.
There are many notable female politicians in Canada today including Michelle Rempel, Rachel Notley, Lisa Raitt, Rona Ambrose, Christy Clark and Elizabeth May just to name a few. Hansen-Zacharuk cites Hillary Clinton as one her influences for getting into politics as well as another well known world leader.
"Margaret Thatcher. I thought she had quite the fortitude as well, especially back in the 70's when she was dealing with unions and she stood for what she believed in and I always found that admirable," she smiled.
What keeps Hansen-Zacharuk going in her political career? She says it's her love of the community, her family and her drive to ensure it's one of the best places to live that keeps her going.