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Equal Voice Urges Canadians to Make Voting Day Count

May 02, 2011

 

Equal Voice Urges Canadians to Make Voting Day Count

May 2nd, 2011 

 

Ottawa: As Canadians contemplate their choices today, Equal Voice, a national, multi-partisan organization advocating for the election of more women in politics, urges Canadians to make voting day count.

 

  • If you are a young woman from the ages of 18-25, EV encourages you to not only go to the polls, but think about your role as an engaged voter, possible candidate and future leader. In the last Parliament, of the 68 women MPs in the House, only five were under the age of 40. The other twenty-five MPs under the age of 40 were men.  Check out EV’s iCommit page where hundreds of young women have made the pledge to vote/run/lead.
  • If you are a seasoned voter, Equal Voice encourages you to‘Take a Girl to Vote’- whether it is your daughter, niece, neighbour, or mentee, to name a few examples.  It is imperative that girls and young women of pre-voting age undestand the significance of voting and there is simply no better way to demystify the polling station than to accompany someone they respect. 
  • Equal Voice has learned that all returning officers have been directed to use common sense in regards to allowing children in polling stations.  Canadians should therefore feel confident in bringing a girl, however young, with them to vote.   Send us your photos and anecdotes to girls@equalvoice.ca and we will post them on our EV page, www.takeagirtovote.org
  • Consider the women on your ballot.  In this federal election, 31 percent of candidates from the five major parties are women, up two points from the last federal election. 22 percent of MPs in the last Parliament were women.  In order for Canada to attain a critical mass of women (a minimum of one third or 33 percent) in the House of Commons, more women must run and more women must win. 


Throughout this election, Equal Voice has partnered with YWCA Canada, Apathy is Boring, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Girls Action Foundation, the Girl Guides of Canada, The Historica-Dominion Institute, all of which have demonstrated enormous dedication to young women’s civic engagement. 

 

As part of Equal Voice’s nominations tracking, EV will be closely watching tonight’s election results to see how many women are elected across the country.  EV will report on these results as soon as we can.

 

Follow us on twitter at @EqualVoiceCA  or check EV’s website at www.equalvoice.ca for updates.

 

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For more information:

 

Nancy Peckford, Executive Director, Equal Voice – 613-292 7941 or npeckford@equalvoice.ca 

 

Donna Dasko, National Chair – 416-920-9010 or ddasko@environics.ca

 

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