THE ONTARIO CHALLENGE

 

 


What is the Ontario Challenge?

Equal Voice's Founding Chair, Rosemary Speirs, issued the Ontario Challenge in 2006 to the leaders of the Ontario Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democratic Parties, asking them to jointly commit to the goal of nominating more women candidates. Equal Voice sought out assistance from women Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) from all political parties who were instrumental in getting their leaders to pledge support to the Ontario Challenge.

While Equal Voice did not ask the parties to meet specific targets, the goal is to increase the numbers of women elected to Queen's Park. The three leaders of Ontario's major political parties: John Tory, Dalton McGuinty and Howard Hampton all agreed to take up the Ontario Challenge and run more women candidates in the upcoming election.

With their statements, the leaders sent the message that they want more women in their elected ranks.

Equal Voice tracked the numbers of women candidates nominated and provided reports to the media on the progress of all three political parties.

All three political parties did a better job nominating more women candidates resulting in a 7% increase in the numbers of women elected to Queen's Park in just one election cycle.


2007 Ontario Election & Referendum Results:

October 30, 2007

Ontario Cabinet has Nine Women: Equal Voice

November 21, 2007

Equal Voice Calls for the to Speaker to Implement Family Friendly Reforms at Queen’s Park

October 15, 2007

Equal Voice urges McGuinty to put more women in cabinet

October 11, 2007

Equal Voice Says More Women Elected: Now 27% at Queen's Park

Fast Facts Ontario Election
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Historical Analysis of Women MPPs at Queen’s Park, 1981 through 2007 Provided by
G.P. Murray Research Ltd.

October 11, 2007

Defeat of Electoral Reform a Crushing Blow to those working for the Election of More Women

Updated October 11, 2007

Fast Facts: Women in Provincial Politics

Thursday, October 11, 2007 | 12:43 AM ET

Women make modest gains in Ont. legislature - CBC News

Updated October 11, 2007

Most women ever will take seats in Ontario legislature;
30 MPPs in new gov't will be female
- By Allison Jones, Canadian Press


Equal Voice Ontario Challenge Releases:

September 27, 2007

Reaching critical mass: Women in the Ontario legislature - By Jennifer Wilson, CBCNews.ca

September 19, 2007

EV issues urgent call for leaders to throw Electioneering muscle behind winnable women.

September 11, 2007

Ontario Election: MORE WOMEN RUNNING - Breakthrough to 30% at Queen's Park possible

June 27, 2007

High profile women MPPs not running re-election

April 19, 2007

Ontario parties have an uphill battle to meet Equal Voice's Ontario Challenge

June 16, 2006

Historic Commitment to Electing More Women: Ontario provincial party leaders accept Equal Voice's challenge to run more women in the October 2007 election.


Ontario Challenge Letters to:

Liberal Party Leader, Premier Dalton McGuinty;

Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory;

NDP Leader Howard Hampton.

 

Statement by Ms. Lisa MacLeod (MPP for Nepean-Carleton)


Letters 2005

Letter from Howard Hampton Re: Seeking our party's support for reforms
to help more women get elected in Ontario, 01/05

Letter to Dalton McGuinty, 01/05

Response from Dalton McGuinty Letter, 01/05

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