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Status of Women minister apologizes for racist, sexist essay contest in Alberta

only recently released the first, second and third place pieces.The Opposition NDP has since called out the third-place selection as racist, sexist, misogynistic, transphobic and fascist.Dubbed Her Vision Inspires, the essay contest asked Albertan women between the ages of 17 and 25 to submit a short essay describing, “their unique vision for Alberta and, specifically, what they would do if they were a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta,” according to a news release dated Feb. 3.

Winners received prizes. ‘There is still more to be done’: Alberta government releases plan to combat racism The February release said the essay contest was administered by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Canadian Region in partnership with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.Janis Irwin, the NDP MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood, was one of many who pointed out the third-place winner’s essay.She called on Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Armstrong-Homeniuk, as the Alberta representative for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Canadian Region, to explain how the contest she helped launch could let a submission of such foul nature win.This is just so messed up.

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