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For Catherine McKenna, Balancing Politics and Family Means Setting Boundaries

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Like most women with big careers and young children, Catherine McKenna feels guilty most of the time.

She cannot shake it. “Everyone I know … whether they are in politics or not, you always feel guilty because you always feel like there is more you could be doing. It’s hard. It’s really, really hard,” she says.

The 44-year-old was appointed last November to Justin Trudeau’s cabinet as Minister of Environment and Climate Change. It is one of the most prominent and challenging portfolios in the Liberal government, which is determined to reverse what it views as nearly 10 years of Tory neglect on the issue.

Although women have served for decades in federal cabinets, what distinguishes Ms. McKenna is that she publicly set boundaries on her time as a way of trying to achieve some balance in her life – and assuage that ever-present guilt.

Not long after being sworn in to cabinet, Ms. McKenna made it clear, even in some interviews, that from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, her BlackBerry is turned off and she is at home with her husband, who is a writer, and three children – two daughters, 11 and 9, and a seven-year-old son – having dinner and staying on top of the homework.

At 8 p.m., she is back working – reading or making calls. (Read More)

See the compete original article at : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/for-catherine-mckenna-balancing-politics-and-family-means-setting-boundaries/article28737484/

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