WOMEN WHO IN­SPIRED ME IN 2018, AT HOME AND ABROAD

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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.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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