Time to move beyond gender in politics, Redford says after meeting with Wynne

Incoming ON Premier Kathleen Wynne meets with Alberta Premier Alison Redford at Queens Park in Toronto, ON on Wed. Jan. 30, 2013



TORONTO -- It was a historic meeting between Alberta and Ontario's female premiers.

Now, it's time to move beyond gender in politics, Alison Redford says.

"I think that's today," the Alberta leader said when asked during a sit-down with Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak if she was looking forward to a day when a female political leader wasn't such a novelty.

"There's a lot of people sitting around the table that are intelligent and thoughtful and having the right conversations," she said. "I think Tim is someone who exemplifies that, man or woman."

Earlier Wednesday, Redford and incoming Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne met at Queen's Park.
Redford said the two leaders had a lot of common ground.

Wynne went into the meeting looking to form consensus around the need for a national infrastructure strategy for roads and public transit.

Redford said her message was that the still-challenging economic times require caution and prudence.

The Alberta premier said she welcomed the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Wynne, and the two exchanged a friendly high-five.

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