03/08/2012 04:53 EST | Updated 05/08/2012 05:12 EDT

NDP criticizes lack of women appointed by Saskatchewan government to boards

REGINA - Saskatchewan's New Democrats are using International Women's Day to criticize the government's track record on appointing women to boards.

NDP MLA Danielle Chartier says it's unacceptable that 29.6 per cent of government board appointees have been women since 2007.

Crown Investments Corporation Minister Tim McMillan told the legislature that competent people are appointed to boards.

Chartier says she was flabbergasted by McMillan's comment, which she says suggests there's only one competent woman for every three men.

Social Services Minister June Draude (DROW'-dee), who took over answering questions from McMillan, says more women are needed on all boards because they bring a different perspective.

Draude says the government needs to do a better job of reaching out and Saskatoon MLA Jennifer Campeau is working on that.