The Georgia Straight ranked Joy MacPhail among Vancouver’s 30 most influential female politicians in history in feature story that provided a snapshot of each woman’s journey. A long-time member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party (NDP), MacPhail joined the Adler University Board of Trustees in 2013. She served as Vice Chair for the last four years and was elected to the role of Chair earlier this year.
According to The Georgia Straight:
“The three-term NDP MLA for Vancouver-Hastings was deputy premier and held the following cabinet portfolios between 1993 and 2001: social services, health, education, labour, and finance. After the Mike Harcourt government initially expanded welfare programs, she was appointed to scale things back and change public perceptions, which was accomplished by introducing a controversial three-month residency requirement. While this alienated antipoverty advocates, it might have helped the NDP win reelection in 1996. MacPhail was an ally of Downtown Eastside activists fighting to protect children and youth from sexual predators. She and fellow New Democrat Jenny Kwan kept the party alive from 2001 to 2005 when it had only two seats in the legislature.”
Read the full story, “International Women’s Day 2018: Vancouver’s 30 Most Influential Female Politicians in History,” in The Georgia Straight.