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One more woman to serve in the House of Commons

Nov 26, 2013

 

 

Nov 26, 2013

 

Ottawa: In four federal by-elections held in Canada last night, one woman was elected to the House of Commons.  There are now 77 women Members of Parliament (MPs) bringing the percentage of women MPs to 25 percent in the 41st Parliament. 

 

Equal Voice applauds all the women who stepped forward to run in the elections. 

 

“We congratulate Chrystia Freeland (Toronto Centre) and acknowledge the considerable efforts of all women candidates who ran in this election,” said Raylene Lang-Dion, Equal Voice National Chair.  “It takes a tremendous commitment to the democratic process, considerable tenacity and significant work to stand for election. No one should underestimate the sacrifice women make to put themselves forward.” 

 

The four by-elections in the ridings of Toronto Centre, Bourassa, Brandon-Souris and Provencher saw five (5) women candidates run for the major political parties-  comprising 38%.  The NDP fielded the highest number of women at four, the Liberal Party had one woman on the ballot and the Conservative Party had none this time around.  

 

During the three previous federal by-elections held in November 2012, Joan Crockatt of the Conservative Party was only one of two women candidates on the ballot. The Green Party also fielded a woman. Crockatt was elected.  During the by-election in May 2013, Yvonne Jones of the Liberal Party was the only female candidate on the ballot. She was also elected.  

 

In addition to Freeland, candidates for this current round of by-elections included Natalie Courcelles Beaudry, NDP (Provencher), Janine Gibson, Green Party (Provencher), Linda McQuaig, NDP (Toronto-Centre), and Stéphane Moraillle, NDP (Bourassa). 

 

“Equal Voice is pleased to see that women continue to comprise a notable contingent of the House ” noted Nancy Peckford, Executive Director, Equal Voice .  “Even in hotly contested by-elections, women are taking up the challenge of seeking political office.” 

 

Equal Voice is a national, multi-partisan organization that promotes the election of more women.  Founded in 2001, Equal Voice brings women and men together from across the political spectrum. With the engagement of EV's chapters across the country, Equal Voice is planning to launch Phase II of the Be Her. Support Her. Celebrate Her campaign in the New Year with the goal of hosting campaign schools targeting a minimum of 100 women in several locations across the country. 

 

To learn more, check out EV’s National Campaign here. 

 

For Further Information:

 

Nancy Peckford

Executive Director, Equal Voice

613-292-7941

npeckford@equalvoice.ca 

 

Denise Siele

Director of Operations, Equal Voice

613-276-3274

dsiele@equalvoice.ca 

 

 

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.