WOMEN WHO INSPIRED ME IN 2018, AT HOME AND ABROAD
Many women inspired me this year.
Some are women I am lucky to know and love personally, from family elders in their 90s, remarkably still functioning near the top of their game, to friends who survived deep personal tragedy or serious setbacks with strength and grace.
Some are high-profile Canadian politicians, two of whom made headlines this past weekend.
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, was in Buenos Aires for the signing of the new Canadau.s.-mexico trade pact. As the minister responsible for overseeing the negotiations for NAFTA’S replacement, the
Liberal MP kept her cool throughout lengthy, difficult and unpredictable trade negotiations, even when she and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were petulantly insulted by President Donald Trump.
Freeland also spoke out against Saudi Arabia for human rights violations well before the Khashoggi murder. Preternaturally calm, articulate and poised, Freeland’s
demeanour suggests she takes her job very seriously but she’s not full of herself.
Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley delivered a tough statement Sunday announcing she was temporarily reducing the crude oil production in her province to hopefully sell the glut of oil the province has and raise prices that are too low.
What impresses me is her
public calm, and her attempt to fight for both progressive values and the economic well-being of her province.
FREELAND’S DEMEANOUR SUGGESTS SHE TAKES HER JOB VERY SERIOUSLY BUT SHE’S NOT FULL OF HERSELF
Rachel Notley, here with Chief Billy Joe Laboucan to announce the Lubicon Lake Band land claim agreement, and Chrystia Freeland, who negotiated a new North American trade deal, show poise under pressure, writes Judith Timson.