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BC Chapter Elects New Chair

Carolyn Jack is the new chair of EVBC, succeeding Janet Wiegand who founded EVBC and has been invaluable contributor at the provincial and national levels. Carolyn Jack has enjoyed a long tenure on the board of the Candian Women Voters Congress and looks forward to expanding EV`s membership base in the coming months.

Que veut accomplir le chapitre de la CB d’À voix égales?

Nous nous engageons à travailler pour accroître la représentation des femmes parmi les élus. En travaillant à réaliser l’objectif d’À voix égales d’aider à créer un climat où plus de femmes seront élues pour aider à gouverner, nous formons un groupe d’action visant à mieux faire connaître le problème de la sous-représentation des femmes en Colombie-Britannique, dans notre législature et dans notre Parlement national.


Equal Voice Urges Parties to Nominate More Women in
Face of New Nominations Data
September 30, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver: With a possible fall federal election looming, Equal Voice BC is calling on all political parties to pursue more vigorously the nomination of women candidates.

In British Columbia, with many seats still to fill in some parties, new nominations data released today by Equal Voice suggests cause for concern about the equitable representation of women.

BC Nominations CP LP NDP GP
Total 2009 Nominations completed to date 27 candidates/36 seats = 75% 14 candidates nominated/36 seats = 38.9% 5 candidates nominated/36 seats = 13.9% 14 candidates nominated/36 seats = 38.9%
To-date 2009 female nominations 7 women = 25.4% of total nominated-to-date. 5 women = 35.7% 1 woman = 20% 9 women= 64.3
Total 2008 female candidates 8 women = 22% of total candidates 16 women = 44% of total candidates 17 women = 40% of total candidates 10 women = 28% of total candidates

“In June of this year, all of Canada’s political parties pledged to do better in their efforts to nominate more women for their parties in the next election. We are looking to all parties to meaningfully increase the number of women they put forward in any forthcoming election,” said Janet Wiegand, spokesperson for Equal Voice BC, “When we look at the numbers, they’ve got a long way to go to meet that commitment here in B.C.”

“Canadians want more women on the ballot,” underscored Nancy Peckford, Executive Director for Equal Voice National. Polling data released by Equal Voice this past June show that 85 percent of Canadians support efforts to increase the number of women elected in this country.

At the national level, with over half of their candidates chosen nation-wide for the next federal election, Canada’s two major political parties are falling short in their commitment to nominate more female candidates than in the past. As shown by the graph below, with 60 percent of their candidates in place, the Conservative Party has nominated 39 women nation-wide, just 21 percent of their candidates-to-date. The Liberals, with over half of their candidates chosen, have nominated 55 women nation-wide, or 32 percent of their candidates-to-date.

National Data CP LP BQ NDP GP
Number of nominations completed to date 186/308 – 60.4% 170/308 – 55.2% 26/75 – 34.7% 49/308 – 15.9% 141/308 – 45.8%
Proportion of women nominated to date 39 women (21.0%). 55 women (32.4%) 7 women (26.9%) 17 women (34.7%) 49 women (34.8%)
Previous total percentage of women candidates
(2008 fed election)
60/307 = 20% 113/307 = 37% 21/75 = 28% 104/307 = 34% 89/304 = 29%

In the 2008 federal election, 29 percent of candidates from the five major parties were women, a historic high for Canada. After the 2008 vote, 22 percent of MPs elected were female, the highest percentage of women legislators that Canada had ever elected at the federal level. Despite this, Canada has yet to attain critical mass, a key United Nations benchmark of 30 percent representation by women.

Currently, Canada ranks 48th in the world for female representation in a national legislature, well behind counties such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Spain, and many others.

Equal Voice has tracked the nominations process in three previous elections - 2004, 2006, 2008 - to draw attention to the low representation of women in Canada’s Parliament.

For more information or to book an interview with Janet Wiegand of Equal Voice BC:
Carolyn Jack

For more information about the nominations research and the national picture:
Nancy Peckford, Executive Director, Equal Voice

  • 613-292-7941

To read the text of commitments made by federal party leaders to Equal Voice in June 2009 visit: Canada Challenge 2009

 


Equal Voice B.C. notes percentage of women
elected provincially slowly trending upwards

Below are the results for women candidates in the 2009 B.C. provincial election as at 12:40am May 13, 2009. The winners are listed below, and these are compiled results compared against past elections.

  • 2009: Women make up 27.05% % of MLAs
  • 2005: Women made up 22.8% of MLAs
  • 2001: Women made up 24% of MLAs
  • 1996: Women made up 28% of MLAs

The percentage of women elected is slowly trending upwards. Of the 85 seats, 23 are elected to women.

In this election, the Liberals ran 25 women as candidates, 11 (44%) of whom were elected. Similarly in the 2005 election, the Liberals ran 25 women, 10 (40%) of whom were elected.

In this election, the NDP ran 41 women as candidates, 12 (29.2%) of whom were elected. In the 2005 election, the NDP ran 23 women, 8 (34.7%) of whom were elected.

Overall, the NDP has increased the number of women elected by approximately 50% (12 are now elected, compared to 8 in 2005) since the 2005 election. This is likely due to the fact that the NDP has implemented gender mandated ridings. Clearly this is one of the effective methods of increasing women’s representation in the legislature.

Overall, although there is a (slight) increase in the number of women elected in BC provincial politics, clearly boosting the number of women requires a concerted long-term effort.

Equal Voice BC seeks to increase the number of women elected from all parties, and is looking into the most effective ways to increase the number of women elected.

Winning Women - 2009

 

  • Kathy Corrigan – Burnaby- Deer Lake
  • NDP Diane Thorne – Coquitlam-Maillardville – NDP
  • Maurine Karagianis – Esquimalt-Royal Roads – NDP
  • Katrine Conroy – Kootenay West – NDP
  • Mary Polak – Langley – Liberal
  • Michelle Mungall – Nelson-Creston – NDP
  • Dawn Black – New Westminster – NDP
  • Claire Felicity Trevena – North Island – NDP
  • Naomi Yamamoto – North Vancouver-Lonsdale – Liberal
  • Jane Ann Thornthwaite – North Vancouver-Seymour – Liberal
  • Ida Chong – Oak Bay-Gordon Head – Liberal
  • Shirley Bond – Prince George-Valemont – Liberal
  • Linda Reid – Ricmond-East – Liberal
  • Lana Popham – Saanich South – NDP
  • Sue Hammell – Surrey-Green Timbers – NDP
  • Stephanie Cadieux – Surrey Panorama – Liberal
  • Margaret MacDiarmid – Vancouver-Fairview – Liberal
  • Mary McNeil – Vancouver False Creek – Liberal
  • Mable Elmore – Vancouver-Kensington – NDP
  • Jenny Kwan – Vancouver-Mount Pleasant – NDP
  • Moira Stillwell – Vancouver-Langara – Liberal
  • Carol James – Victoria-Beacon-Hill – NDP
  • Joan McIntyre – West Vancouver-Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky – Liberal

*Note: At the time of these calculations the final results for Vicki Huntington, Delta South, were not finalized.

Totals:

11 Liberal Women
12 NDP Women

Please contact:

Rebeka Breder, Steering Committee, Equal Voice B.C.

  • 604-616-4755

Janet Wiegand, Chair, Equal Voice B.C.

  • 604-839-3748

Nombre de candidates : un insignifiant 24 %.

La campagne électorale provinciale est en cours et présente un espoir pour une augmentation du nombre de femmes à la législature de 24 % actuellement à un nombre plus représentatif des 52 % de la population qui sont des femmes. Un sondage de janvier 2005 du Centre de recherche et d’information sur le Canada indique que 9 Canadiens sur 10 soutiennent l’augmentation du nombre de femmes à une charge élective

Élection du 17 mai en Colombie-Britannique

Voici les résultats des candidates à l’élection provinciale de la Colombie-Britannique de 2005 : cliquez ici.

Voulez-vous augmenter le nombre de femmes à une charge élective?

Une étude comparative montre qu’il y a une corrélation positive entre le nombre de militantes dans un parti et le nombre de femmes élues. La campagne électorale provinciale 2005 commence aujourd’hui. Elle offre une grande possibilité d’engager plus de femmes en politique.

Pour des idées sur l’augmentation du nombre de femmes en politique, cliquez ici.

Ressources et recherche

Assemblée de citoyens : les membres de l’assemblée de citoyen ont parlé de leur récente recommandation d’adopter un système de représentation proportionnelle qu’on appelle mode de scrutin à vote unique transférable (VUT).

Dans un sondage publié par le Centre de recherche et d’information sur le Canada (www.cric.ca) mené par Environics et CROP, 90 % des Canadiens appuient l’augmentation du nombre de femmes à une charge publique, comme étant le changement le plus important voulu pour notre système politique.


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