Originally published in Policy Options, May 14, 2019
Former NDP MP and deputy leader Libby Davies, who recently published a memoir, and political scientist Jeanette Ashe discuss gender and elected office.
Jeanette Ashe: You’re one of few women ever elected to Canada’s House of Commons, and you were also the first openly lesbian MP — where today LGBTQ MPs make up approximately 2 percent of the House. [ read more…]
Originally published in the Toronto Star, May 11, 2019
In the research for my book Outside In: A Political Memoir, I came across a 1982 election interview on BCTV with Jack Webster — the journalist known as “king of the Vancouver airwaves” at the time — where my right to run for city council was challenged based solely on my gender. [ read more…]
Very excited that the book tour for Outside In is about to begin – see the first leg of events listed below. It seems like it has been a very long journey of reflecting, writing, and going through the process of editing and publishing. [ read more…]
Thus said George Puil just before the 1982 civic election on Jack Webster’s BC TV program. Sexism in politics is a lot in the news these days, and while progress has been made we are still living with sexism and discrimination. [ read more…]
This video tells the incredible story of the struggle thalidomide survivors in Canada, who have sought justice after decades of neglect by the federal government. I was honoured to work on this issue with the Thalidomide Victims’ Association of Canada — including presenting a motion to Parliament, that passed unanimously in December 2014. [ read more…]
Originally published in the Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2018
B.C.’s electoral referendum has begun, giving British Columbians the opportunity to choose a stronger, more democratic system of electing government.
We care deeply about this referendum because of our decades of work on civic engagement, human rights, environmental justice and equity. [ read more…]
Originally posted on rabble.ca October 22, 2018
Over the decades, I’ve run in nine Vancouver civic elections, winning five. But, as a long time voter, this latest election on October 20 was one to remember.
Into the wee hours of the morning we waited doggedly for the last polls to come in — hanging out at the legendary Polynesian bar room in the basement of the Waldorf Hotel on Vancouver’s Eastside, desperate to see who would be mayor. [ read more…]
The piece was originally posted on rabble.ca – November 2 2017.
So, every time the curtain falls
Every time the curtain falls on some forgotten life
It is because we all stood by, silent and indifferent
A few mindful lyrics from Roger Waters’ latest album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, draws us to be present and not absent from what happens around us. [ read more…]
In 2015 Libby gave the Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar Lecture at Simon Fraser University.
See the video of the lecture here:
The transcript was shared on the SFU Contours Journal – which you can read here. It is also reproduced below.
GRASSROOTS POLITICS IN PARLIAMENT
I did not know Grace MacInnis personally but had a pivotal moment in my earlier years that was formative and very important to me. [ read more…]
September 21, 2016, Presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Watch the video of Libby’s interview with Jackie Wong here.
Libby Davies has a long and storied history working in East Vancouver politics and community organizing.
Her history as a strong community activist for Vancouver began over forty years ago. [ read more…]