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Equal Voice Urges All Party Support of Bill C-237 to Committee Stage

Oct 19, 2016

 

OTTAWA, October 19th 2016 -  Today, Equal Voice encouraged all parties to support the advancement of MP Kennedy Stewart’s Private Member’s Bill, C-237, to Committee stage. 

 

“While the Bill is not perfect, the proposed measure is serving as a crucial catalyst for an important discussion on how Canada can move the yardstick forward on the equal representation of women in Canada’s Parliament,” said Nancy Peckford, Executive Director of Equal Voice. 

 

With only 26 percent women MPs in the House of Commons, just a one point increase from the 2011 federal election, the status quo is unacceptable.  Nor is it reflective of Canadians’ desire to see more women holding public office, and contributing their talents and expertise to building a more inclusive and prosperous country.  

 

Currently, Canada is ranked 64th according to the global Inter-Parliamentary Union, lagging far behind countries including Iraq, Rwanda and Mexico.

 

Kennedy’s Bill proposes limiting the public rebate federal parties receive from Elections Canada for its campaign expenses if women don't comprise a minimum of 45 per cent of each party’s candidate roster.

 

A similar proposal was made by Stephan Dion in 2006 as a contendor for the federal Liberal Party leadership.   Equal Voice issued a supportive release at the time. 

 

As a national, multi-partisan organization, Equal Voice (EV) encourages political parties to pursue tangible mechanisms to ensure the nomination and election of more women. 

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Contact:

Nancy Peckford - 613-854-9793 npeckford@equalvoice.ca

Susan King – 613-724-1518 – susan@equalvoice.ca

 

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