Introducing, Suzanne Anton, a member of the Vancouver City Council! She took some time to answer a few questions for us. An avid volunteer, athlete, mother, math teacher and Crown prosecutor, Councillor Suzanne Anton clearly has a broad set of skills that she brings to the political arena. Before her position as Councillor, Suzanne served on many committees, boards, and associations, as well as a Park Board Commissioner. She has had several different roles on the Vancouver City Council; you can get a full biography, more information, updates and a view of her goals at her website: http://www.suzanneanton.ca
A: I was president of our local community soccer club and advocated for facilities and programs. One day a light went on, and I realised I could run for the Vancouver Park Board and accomplish these things at the political level. Until that moment (1999), it had never once in my life crossed my mind that I might go into politics.
Q: Why do you think women should get involved in politics?
A: Everyone who is interested should get involved in politics. Women are underrepresented at most levels of government and most elected bodies; there is always a need for good women candidates.
Q: Have you ever experienced any discrimination as a woman in politics? If so, describe your experiences and how you handled them.
A: Some writers are particularly harsh – and only about women. People are much more willing to comment on women’s looks and demeanor.
Q: What issues are you passionate about?
A: As a civic politician, I am most passionate about issues around how we build a better city – better for the environment, for families, and for businesses and the economy.
Q: If you could change one thing about politics, what would it be?
A: It is said women are more collaborative. That is something I would love to see but do not. All politics are intensely political, which seems as though it might be self-evident. However policy should come first and politics second.
Q: Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
A: I am indeed a feminist. Women and girls do well in many areas, but there are still gaps, and politics is one of them.