In Episode 4 of Ellected, Sarah Elder-Chamanara and Katy Merrifield discuss how they both started their political careers for the BC Liberals in Government Caucus Research, Katy's work for former BC Premier Christy Clark, being the only woman and youngest person to win a leadership campaign in BC, the differences between BC and Alberta politics, working for current Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, the politics of politics, and Katy's tips for working in politics.
Katy Merrifield served as Executive Director of the BC Liberal Party and Director of Communication to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. She also served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training and Labour in British Columbia.
Most recently, Katy served as Executive Director of Communications to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Katy is currently a vice president at Wellington Advocacy where she leads their west coast practice.She also currently appears on the podcast Political Capital hosted by BC political journalist Rob Shaw along with Jillian Oliver and Maclean Kay.
Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist and political clothing company based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Madame Premier creates the opportunity for conversations about why politics needs to change. Madame Premier has been featured in the National Post, CBC, Forbes and Toronto Star. Sarah is currently planning on opening Madame Premier’s first retail location in summer 2021 in Calgary.
Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/soundroll/transcend
License code: SCCY9IJL3JB6DCBB
- Every third edition of Ellected will be an Amplify Episode, where Sarah welcomes up-and-coming women in politics you may not have heard of - but will. In the first episode, National Women’s Liberal Commission organization chair Amarit Brar talks everything from making the leap to federal politics to the importance of having women in internal party positions, too.
- Speaking of Katy Merrifield, she knows something about party leadership campaigns. She assesses the declared and rumoured BC Liberal campaigns thus far.
- Kevin Falcon says he’ll change the name of the BC Liberal Party. Maclean Kay considers the pros and cons.