Next week, I will be sitting down with Premier Christy Clark at a roundtable session for mom bloggers.
I feel like I didn’t really become invested in knowing about politics or our political system until I had children. Perhaps this is because I realized there were other people in control of decisions that would affect the life of my family…and I HATE to not be in control. In order to gain back some of my power as a parent and citizen…I need to become more educated about our political system. I don’t think I am alone.
A major “a-ha” moment for me in realizing my ignorance about politics was at the Leading Moms event a few weeks ago. Premier Clark was the keynote speaker. She was telling a story that I could relate to. Her son was running late (as was she) and he needed his pants hemmed. What mom can’t relate to a crazy morning, trying to get everything done before heading off to work. Clark went on to say how she told her son…”Hamish, we have to hurry, I have to shuffle the cabinet this morning.”
Me: She has to do-a-what now?
I felt really stupid. I knew all about the juggling and pants hemming etc. but had no idea what a cabinet shuffle was. For all I knew, she could have meant cleaning out her pantry.
I’m not a dumb person. I consider myself well read and intelligent. Alas, politics are an area in which I do not excel…and Canadian politics…snore!
But, I need to get educated. I need to know how this all works and how I can make good voting decisions that will benefit my family, my kids and our neighbourhood.
So…what should I ask Ms. Clark next week? As a parent, what would you ask her?