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1. Joy Smith's balancing act. It's a typical woman's story – trying to balance home and career. The Manitoba Conservative MP talked about her life as a politician and wife whose husband was battling cancer.

2. Michaëlle Jean and her mother. In 2006, then Governor-General Jean gave us an at her life as a daughter.

3. Sheila Copps, the trailblazer for political women. She just cannot .

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4. Belinda Stronach went from a private, privileged life to the hurly burly of elected politics. .

5. Elizabeth May and Victoria Cate. The Green Party Leader is one of the most driven women in politics. And supporting her in the way in which a seasoned back roomer would, was her then 16-year-old daughter. .

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Ontario politics reporter

Jane Taber is a reporter at Queen’s Park. After spending three years reporting from the Atlantic, she has returned to Ontario and back to writing about her passion, politics. She spent 25 years covering Parliament Hill for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. More

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