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Women Are Over 30% Candidates: A PEI First

Sep 18, 2011

 

 September 18, 2011, Stratford, Prince Edward Island - Nominations for the 2011 Provincial election are now closed and the final numbers yield the highest percentage of women ever nominated in a PEI provincial election.
 
“In 2004, the PEI Coalition for Women in Government made a recommendation to all official parties to work towards a provincial election goal of nominating at least 9 women, or one third of their potential candidates.  We are thrilled that one of the parties, the Green Party, has reached that goal in this election,” says Kirstin Lund, Coalition co-ordinator. “We are also pleased that, combined, PEI parties are fielding the highest percentage of women candidates yet in a Provincial election, at more than 31%.”
 
Two of the five parties can boast that women make up more than a third of their candidates, the NDP with 43% (6 of 14) and the Green Party with 59% (13 of 22).The PC Party has an increase over the last Provincial election, from 14.8% in 2007 to 25.9%. The Liberal Party will field the same percentage of 22.2% female candidates. The Island Party has no female candidates in the 2011 election. Two of five parties, including the PC Party and the Green Party, have female leaders in Olive Crane and Sharon Labchuk.
 
The 2011 election will also see the highest percentage of districts with female candidates in PEI history, with 21 of 27 districts offering voters an opportunity to elect female candidates.
 
“It’s up to the voters now,” says Lund. “National research has indicated that an overwhelming majority of Islanders believe that the best way to achieve a well-functioning political system is to elect more women. All of the nominated women are excellent candidates with incredible skills and experience. Now is the time for voters to step up and use their ballots to put more women in the Provincial Legislature than we’ve ever had.”
 
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For more information contact:
 
Kirstin Lund, 388-1186

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