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EV BC Notes Percentage of Women Elected Trending Upwards (Updated)

Jun 04, 2009

 

Below are the results for women candidates in the 2009 B.C. provincial election updated as of June 3 2009. It includes the results of two mandatory re-counts. The winners are listed below and results are compiled results compared against past elections.

 

• 2009: Women make up 29.04% % of MLAs
• 2005: Women made up 22.8% of MLAs
• 2001: Women made up 24% of MLAs
• 1996: Women made up 28% of MLAs

 

The percentage of women elected is. Of the 85 seats, 25 seats are now represented by women.

 

In this election, the Liberals ran 25 women as candidates, 11 (44%) of whom were elected. Similarly in the 2005 election, the Liberals ran 25 women, 10 (40%) of whom were elected.


In this election, the NDP ran 41 women as candidates, 12 (29.2%) of whom were elected. In the 2005 election, the NDP ran 23 women, 8 (34.7%) of whom were elected.
 

Overall, the NDP has increased the number of women elected by approximately 50% (12 are now elected, compared to 8 in 2005) since the 2005 election. This is likely due to the fact that the NDP has implemented gender mandated ridings. Clearly this is one of the effective methods of increasing women’s representation in the legislature.
 

Overall, although there is a (slight) increase in the number of women elected in BC provincial politics, clearly boosting the number of women requires a concerted long-term effort.
 

Equal Voice BC seeks to increase the number of women elected from all parties, and is looking into the most effective ways to increase the number of women elected.

 

Winning Women - 2009
 
• Kathy Corrigan – Burnaby- Deer Lake
• NDP Diane Thorne – Coquitlam-Maillardville – NDP
• Maurine Karagianis – Esquimalt-Royal Roads – NDP
• Katrine Conroy – Kootenay West – NDP
• Mary Polak – Langley – Liberal
• Michelle Mungall – Nelson-Creston – NDP
• Dawn Black – New Westminster – NDP
• Claire Felicity Trevena – North Island – NDP
• Naomi Yamamoto – North Vancouver-Lonsdale – Liberal
• Jane Ann Thornthwaite – North Vancouver-Seymour – Liberal
• Ida Chong – Oak Bay-Gordon Head – Liberal
• Shirley Bond – Prince George-Valemont – Liberal
• Linda Reid – Ricmond-East – Liberal
• Lana Popham – Saanich South – NDP
• Sue Hammell – Surrey-Green Timbers – NDP
• Stephanie Cadieux – Surrey Panorama – Liberal
• Margaret MacDiarmid – Vancouver-Fairview – Liberal
• Mary McNeil – Vancouver False Creek – Liberal
• Mable Elmore – Vancouver-Kensington – NDP
• Jenny Kwan – Vancouver-Mount Pleasant – NDP
• Moira Stillwell – Vancouver-Langara – Liberal
• Carol James – Victoria-Beacon-Hill – NDP
• Joan McIntyre – West Vancouver-Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky – Liberal
• Vicki Huntington, Delta South - Independent
• Donna Barnett, Cariboo-Chilcotin – Liberal
 

Totals:
12 Liberal Women
12 NDP Women
1 Independent
 

Please contact:
Rebeka Breder, Steering Committee, Equal Voice B.C. - 604-616-4755
Janet Wiegand, Chair, Equal Voice B.C. - 604-839-3748
 

 

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