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Equal Voice Commends the Historic Victory in Quebec: Election of Marois makes Five Female Premiers in Canada

Sep 06, 2012

 

September 6, 2012
 
Ottawa:  Tuesday’s Quebec election was historic in a number of ways, but for Equal Voice it marked a significant achievement in advancing the number of women elected in Canada. With the election of Madame Marois as leader and premier, Canada now has five women who are currently serving as premiers.  This is up from just one female premier two years ago, representing remarkable headway for Canada.
 

Quebec now has the highest percentage of female elected representatives (MNAs) of the ten provinces. A total of 41 of the 125 MNAs will be women in the new session of the Assemblée nationale, nearly thirty three (33) percent.  At 37 percent, only the Yukon territory presently has a higher percentage of women in their legislature.
  
“Equal Voice would like to congratulate Madame Marois and acknowledge the considerable efforts of all women candidates who ran in this election,” said Donna Dasko, Equal Voice National Chair.
 
In terms of the numbers of women elected, the Parti Québecois fared well, electing not only Madame Marois but sixteen other female MNAs, bringing the percentage of women in their overall caucus to 31.5 percent.  The Parti Libéral du Québec had the strongest showing - electing a caucus which is 36 percent women, while in the newly formed Coalition Avenir du Québec, five of the nineteen members elected are women. Québec Solidaire made a significant breakthrough with the election of Françoise David, co-leader of the party, and one of two MNAs elected.  Ms. David will serve as one of two female leaders in the Quebec legislature.
 
“As leaders who have encouraged women and young people throughout their career, we have high hopes that Premier Marois and Madame David  will further increase the involvement of young women in the political life of Quebec” added Equal Voice National Youth Chair, Michal Harewood, from Montreal.
 
Equal Voice acknowledges the leadership of Quebec’s parties  in nominating female candidates. EV also recognizes the leadership of outgoing Premier, Jean Charest, for his efforts over many years to promote women into his cabinet and into other sectors of Quebec society.
  
The four other female premiers in Canada include Christy Clark, currently serving in British Columbia, Allison Redford in Alberta and Kathy Dunderdale in Newfoundland and Labrador, who successfully faced their respective electorates in the past year, as well as Eva Aariak who has been premier of Nunavut for four years.
 

Equal Voice is a national multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of government in Canada.
 
For further comment, please contact:
Bethany Sutton, Equal Voice: 613-875-2909

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