Preliminary results of the Manitoba 42nd General Election – women’s representation in numbers

While it is still early, the unofficial numbers are in for the 42nd General election in Manitoba, and Equal Voice has taken a preliminary look at what this election meant for women in the Manitoba Legislature.

Overall Results re-cap:

Progressive Conservative Leader, Brian Pallister, and his team have won a second term majority government with 36 elected MLAs.

The New Democratic Party will serve as official opposition under Leader Wab Kinew, with 18 MLAs - 4 more seats than they had following the 2016 election.

With only 3 seats in the new legislature, the Liberal Party did not manage to maintain party status.



  • Following this election, there are still no women Premiers in Canada
  • The Progressive Conservatives (PC), New Democratic Party (NDP), and Liberal Party all fielded 57 candidates each, representing a full slate of candidates across the province.
  • The total number of women elected increased from 13 (2016) to 16 (2019)
  • The percentage of the legislature to be represented by women following a general election increased from just under 23% (2016) to 28% (2019)
  • All but one incumbent woman seeking re-election out of 12 won their seat
  • 5 new women will take their seats in the legislature
  • 11 ridings had no women candidates running for 3 or more parties
  • However, 6 ridings had women candidates running for both front-runner parties, being the PC and the NDP


There were more women nominated in this election than in 2016.






20 / 57 (35%)

22 / 57 (39%)


24 / 57 (42%)

24 / 57 (42%)


14 /51 (27%)

19 / 57 (33%)


58 women candidates

65 women candidates



While the NDP maintained its 2016 number at 24 (42%) women candidates on the ballot, their slate of candidates had the highest total number and percentage of women running. Both the Liberals and PCs increased both their total number of women candidates and percentage of women they had on the ballot, with the Liberals nominating a full slate of 57 candidates compared to only 51 in 2016.



There were more women elected in this election than in 2016






8 / 40 seats

8 / 36 (22%)


3 / 13 seats

7 / 18 (39%)


2 / 3 seats

1 / 3 *(33%)


13 women MLAs

16 women MLAs



A total of 13 women were elected in 2016, with that number rising incrementally to 16 in this election. This means women will represent 28% of the 42nd Manitoba legislature.


Once again the PCs elected 8 women, maintaining the total number of women elected in 2016 to the legislature with the governing party. Of the incumbent women that sought re-election with the PCs, only one was defeated. However, the PCs saw one new woman MLA elected in the riding of Southdale.


The NDP will welcome 4 new women MLAs to this legislature, while also welcoming back all their women incumbents that ran for re-election. With 7 women MLAs out of 18 total seats, women represent nearly 39% of the NDP caucus.


While the Liberals once again elected 3 MLAs, the same result as in the 2016 election, only one-woman candidate, and incumbent, was elected to the legislature this time around.


Additionally, we also know at this time that at least 3 Indigenous women, 2 women that identify as LGBTQ, 2 black women, and 1 racialized woman were elected.





While it is evident that changes to women’s representation in Manitoba’s legislature have been incremental, following the general trend in Canada, the percentage of women represented in the legislature did increase by 5% in this election. Equal Voice commends all parties on putting forth a strong slate of women candidates. We are also happy to see that the number of women taking their seats in the Manitoba legislature increased, however incrementally.


Additionally, an important milestone was reached Tuesday night, with the election of Manitoba’s first (3) black MLAs, two of which identify as women. Congratulations to Uzoma Asagwara (NDP) – who also identifies as Queer -  and Audrey Gordon (PC) on their election!


Equal Voice equally congratulates all women that put their names on the ballot this election, and looks forward to working with all elected MLAs to increase the number of women elected in the years to come.

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