Covering women in politics: The real problem with Christy Clark’s cleavage

B.C. premier Christy Clark is seen during Question Period on Oct. 5, 2011. Photo credit: Hansard.

On Oct. 5, 2011, B.C. premier Christy Clark stood in the House to answer questions about group home closures during question period. But no one remembers that.

No, what’s memorable about that day in the B.C. Legislature isn’t the issue that Clark was trying to address. Nor is it the way she addressed the issue, or the way the opposition members challenged her government’s practices.

What is memorable about that day is a tweet. One 85-character message that set off a media and social media storm.

Sent by former NDP MLA and current political pundit David Schreck, the tweet in question read: “Is Premier Clark’s cleavage revealing attire appropriate for the legislature? #bcpoli.”

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