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Ontario by-elections re-affirm status quo regarding number of women in the Legislature

Aug 02, 2013

 

Toronto: In five provincial by-elections held in Ontario last night, two women were elected to the Ontario Legislature.  There are now 30 women Members of the Provincial Parliament (MPPs), the same number as was elected in the last general  election held in the province in October 2011.

Ontario ranks 4th highest in Canada in terms of the percentage of women elected to a provincial/territorial legislature.  British Columbia is the highest at approximately 35 percent, women comprise just under 33 percent of Quebec's National Assembly and, in the Yukon, women constiute 31.5 percent of the legislature.  

The five by-elections in the ridings of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, London West, Ottawa South, Scarborough-Guildwood and Windsor-Tecumseh saw five (5) women candidates run for the four largest parties in Ontario. The NDP ran two women candidates; the Liberals ran one woman candidate; the Green Party ran two women; and the PCs did not field a female candidate.

The by-elections were called due to the resignations of former Premier Dalton McGuinty (Ottawa-South), Dwight Duncan (Windsor-Tecumseh), Laurel Broten (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chris Bentley (London West) and Margarett Best (Scarborough-Guildwood).

Of the 107 women in the Ontario legislature, 30 are now representing their constituents at Queen’s Park. This represents 28 percent of the 107 seats in the Provincial Legislature.

Two women won the by-elections - one in London West and one in Scarborough-Guildwood for the NDP and Liberals respectively. There are 2 new women who will now report for work at Queen’s Park next week.

“We congratulate Mitzie Hunter (Scarbourough-Guildwood) and Peggy Sattler (London West) as well as all the women candidates in particular,” said Lesley Byrne, Chair of the Toronto Chapter of Equal Voice.

“Now that Canada boasts six women premiers—including Premier Kathleen Wynne in Ontario—we expect to see more and more women take up the challenge of political office.”

Equal Voice is a national, multi-partisan organization that promotes the election of more women.  We encourage Canadians from coast to coast to coast to become members - regardless of their political orientation or experience in the politcal realm.

Check out EV's new campaign Be Her.Support Her.Celebrate Her. to learn more.  


For further information:

Lesley Byrne, Chair, EV Toronto Chapter
416-469-5248,
Lesley.byrne@sympatico.ca
 

Nancy Peckford, Executive Director
613-292-7941
npeckford@equalvoice.ca

 

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