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114 Women Seek Election to Alberta Legislature

Apr 12, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Equal Voice chapters in Alberta are closely monitoring the 2012 provincial election in the hope that on April 23rd the province will be able to improve the number of women elected to the Legislative Assembly from the 20.5% elected in 2008. 

 

“Equal Voice congratulates the 114 women candidates (26.5%) who won their nominations in the field of 429 candidates,” said Janice Kinch, Chair for Equal Voice – Alberta South Chapter.

 

Among Alberta’s four main political parties, 27 percent of candidates are women, a slight increase from the 26.2 percent who ran in 2008.

 

Women comprise close to half the population of Alberta.

 

According to Elections Alberta:
- The Alberta NDP again nominated the highest number of women candidates, 41 out of 87 candidates (47.1%), a seven percent increase from 2008. 
- The Progressive Conservative Party increased their numbers to 22 women out of 87 candidates (25.3%), up five percent from the last election. 
- The Liberal Party of Alberta nominated 20 (23.0%) women candidates out of 87 - a five percent decrease from 2008.
- 11 of the 87 (12.6%) of candidates for the Wildrose Party are women – down slightly (half a  percent) from 2008.

 

“The increase in women candidates from two of the four parties running a full slate is promising. Academic research has shown that women’s opinions toward public policy are becoming more distinct which makes the issue of women’s political representation increasingly important” added Janet Buckmaster, Chair of Equal Voice’s Alberta North chapter.

 

Among the 13 candidates seeking to be elected to become Senate nominees, just one is a woman. The three Progressive Conservative, three Wildrose and six Independent candidates are men. The gender balance between women and men representing Alberta in the Senate is likely to be lost when Senator Joyce Fairbairn retires in 2014.

 

The general election of 2012 may make history by being the first in Alberta’s history to elect a Premier who is a woman. The question before the public is no longer can a woman lead, but which leader is best qualified to be Premier?

 

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Equal Voice is a national multi-partisan organization dedicated to the election of more women at all levels of government in Canada. Our members are women and men from all walks of life and a variety of political parties.

 

For further information:
Dr. Jane Arscott
Election Spokesperson for Equal Voice - Alberta North chapter
janea@athabascau.ca or 780-437-0696

 

Janice Kinch
Chair, Equal Voice - Alberta South chapter
jkinch@ucalgary.ca   

 

 

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