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EV BC Congratulates Christy Clark on Winning the BC Liberal Leadership Race

Feb 28, 2011

 

VANCOUVER Equal Voice BC congratulates Christy Clark on her election as the new leader of the BC Liberal party.

 

“Christy Clark is an important example of women achieving positions of power in politics and winning the support of their party,” says Equal Voice BC deputy chair Janet Wiegand, “we are pleased that a woman will be taking on this important role in the province’s political life, and hope to see more women in leadership roles in all parties.”

 

As the second female Premier of BC, Christy Clark will provide an example of opportunities in politics for women and girls across the province.

 

Currently there are 24 female MLAs in the BC legislature, representing 28.2% of all provincial representatives. The BC Liberal caucus has 24.5% women representatives; the BC NDP caucus has 31.4%. 

 

Clark’s win underscores the confidence the electorate has in women candidates, female representatives, and female leaders,” adds Wiegand.

 

“We look forward to more women being named to cabinet, being recruited and elected as MLAs, and participating in the political process in this province - and call on Christy Clark to demonstrate her commitment to this goal in the coming weeks.”

 

Overall, recent statistics indicate that Canada’s international rank with respect to the number of women in elected office has not improved significantly in the last decade. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Canada currently stands in 49th place out of 189 parliamentary nations.

 

As a national, multi-partisan organization with chapters across the country, Equal Voice monitors women’s participation at the federal and provincial/territorial levels.

 

Through its Canada Challenge, the organization invites party leaders to commit to increasing the numbers of women nominated and elected. Prior to an election being called, Equal Voice asks the leaders to recruit, nominate and ultimately elect more women to Parliament.

 

In 2007, all parties accepted the Challenge. In the federal election of 2008, nearly 28% of all candidates were women, a historic high for Canada at the national level. Equal Voice is seeking to build this momentum again in order to ensure that more women run, and win, in any upcoming federal election.

 

Equal Voice is a multi-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the election of more women to all levels of government in Canada. 

 

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For interviews with Janet Wiegand, please contact Wiegand at 604-839-3748. For more information about Equal Voice, please visit the Equal Voice website at: www.equalvoice.ca 

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