Rathika Sitsabaiesan

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Defeated NDP candidate blames the electorate fear factor

The NDP candidate, defeated by the Liberal running in the Scarborough North riding, says that fear played a major role in the public’s decision. Liberal Shaun Chen won the riding, Monday night, with 48 per cent of the votes. Conservative candidate Ravinder Malhi placed second with 27 per cent, followed by NDP candidate Rathika Sitsabaiesan with 22 per cent.

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MP Sitsabaiesan undraws the line

Rathika Sitsabaiesan recently appeared in the news for all the wrong reasons. Her Twitter feed was filled with 140-character-long comments on the one thing that seems to matter when it comes to young women in parliament: cleavage. Her response? “It’s a non-issue.”

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Sitsabaiesan focusing on politics, not cleavage

When it comes to powerful, successful women, one assumes she should wear dresses that end below the knee, no heel should be higher than a couple of inches and certainly no cleavage should ever show. For a woman to be taken seriously, she must be careful how she carries herself. Especially in male-dominated careers such as politics.