I had the pleasure of attending the Famous 5 Ottawa luncheon on March 9 that included a panel of women involved in the 2015 federal election campaigns.

This is the first time in Canadian history that the three major campaigns (Conservative, Liberal and NDP) have female campaign directors. The Green Party campaign is also being run by a woman this year.

Jenni Byrne is running the Conservative campaign for the second year in a row, Katie Telford, who co-chaired Justin Trudeau’s leadership campaign, is running the Liberals’ and Anne McGrath, who has been a party president and the chief of staff to the leader, (and who I have had the pleasure of working for) is running the NDP’s.

These women will make very important decisions that will directly affect the outcome of the next federal election.

True to her media-avoiding reputation, Byrne sent Sen. Marjory Lebreton in her place. The Senator has, as she admitted during the Q&A period, that there are few jobs in the party that she has not held. This lead to an interesting moment when Anne McGrath talked about her interest in the behind-the-scenes of politics when Sen. Lebreton did a talk at her university.

The Hill Times had a write up here.

And a story on an interesting question that came from the audience.

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