Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose speaks during an interview with The Canadian Press at Stornoway on Sept. 16 in Ottawa. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)"There is a message there and I don't think the message is that people don't want a woman in politics," Ambrose said Thursday.
"I do think that it is a message for left-of-centre politicians who focus on large policies that are out of touch with regular working people."Her visit comes after the only two women candidates in the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race announced they were dropping out. Calgary legislature member Sandra Jansen said she quit because of ongoing online harassment. She also said she was bullied at last weekend's policy convention by another candidate's volunteers over her support of women's reproductive rights. Ambrose said being hassled is part of the job for women in politics. The answer is to keep confronting it head on and hopefully it will go away. "Listen, politics is a tough sport," she said.
'Politics is a tough sport'"Any woman who is in politics will tell you that they have experienced intimidation and harassment, but ... when you are faced with that kind of situation, you have to call it out. "That is what you do on a daily basis. You confront it. You name it. You deal with it. All of us do ... so that those people that do the harassing and the intimidation and the bullying — particularly online — are seen for what they are, and that is important." Women from different political parties who are concerned about the harassment of Jansen were to hold a rally in Calgary on Thursday afternoon. Nirmala Naidoo, who ran for the federal Liberals in the last election, said the bullying of women in politics cannot be tolerated.
"We need women in politics and it’s hard enough to convince good women to run, she said. "The last thing we need is the bullying of brave women into dropping out of races."
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