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Joanne Hussey

About Joanne Hussey

Joanne Hussey works in the Nova Scotia NDP caucus office as Deputy Chief of Staff and is the researcher on a number of portfolios including Education and Early Childhood Development, Community Services, Justice, Finance and Treasury Board and Status of Women. Joanne was the NDP candidate for Fairview Clayton Park in the 2017 provincial election and, in 2015, ran for the NDP in the longest federal election in modern history. Through her career as a social policy researcher and small business owner, Joanne has had the opportunity to work with provincial and federal government departments, not for profit organizations, and Aboriginal groups. Joanne has a Master’s degree in Gender Studies and Social Policy. Joanne’s family is loosely made up of three children ranging in age from 3 to 16, her partner, a gaggle of other children and caring adults, and a growing collection of house plants. Joanne enjoys avoiding chores by knitting, puttering in the garden and cooking food.

Women on the Ballot by Betsy McGregor

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It is an unfortunate fact that there have been more MLAs named John elected to Nova Scotia’s provincial legislature than there have been women. Women on the Ballot: Pathways to Political Power (Rubicon, 2019) bills itself as an “essential roadmap” to correct this imbalance by empowering women to run for political office.

Author Betsy McGregor ran for Liberal nominations three times and for Parliament twice. I have also run as both a federal and provincial NDP candidate and can say that many of the experiences and insights shared throughout this book ring true. McGregor interviewed more than 90 women with experience at all levels of politics. She spoke to Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats—from women of experience like Alexa McDonough, the first woman leader of the Nova Scotia NDP, and Hazel McCallion, Mississauga’s longest-serving mayor, to Roseanne Archibald, the youngest Chief at 23 years, and Farheen Khan, the only hijab-wearing woman to run during the 2015 federal election campaign.

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