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Nomination of Women has Increased in the 2014 Ontario Provincial Election Campaign says Equal Voice Toronto

Jun 02, 2014

 

With nominations closed for candidates running in the June 12 Ontario election, the number of women running for office has increased. Among the four major parties, 145 women are running for office, representing 33.9 percent of candidates running in ridings across the province. 

 
This represents an improvement over the 2011 provincial election, when 130 women ran for the four parties, representing 30.4 percent of all candidates. In the 2007 general election, 126 women ran (29.4 percent).
 
Last February, Equal Voice Toronto issued a challenge to the three provincial party leaders with representation at Queen’s Park, asking that they commit to nominating more women candidates. We received positive responses from the three party leaders before the election was called.
 
The increased numbers overall come from three parties: The New Democrats, the Green Party and the Progressive Conservative Party.
 
The New Democrats lead the other parties with 44 women nominated. This represents 41.1 percent of all the party’s candidates, as well as an increase from the 38 women (35.5 percent) who ran in 2011. 
 
 A total of 37 women are running for the Ontario Liberals, representing 34.6 percent of its candidates. This is fewer than the 42 women (39.3 percent) who ran for the Liberals in 2011.
 
The Green Party is also running 37 women (34.6 percent), up significantly from 26 (24.3 percent) who ran in 2011.
 
With 27 women nominated, the Ontario PC Party has 25.2 percent of its candidates female; this represents an increase from the 24 women, or 22.4 percent of PC candidates, in 2011. 
 
Although the number of nominated women has increased, it is not clear that this will translate into more women elected on June 12.  An analysis of “winnable” ridings* conducted by Equal Voice Toronto shows that only 40 of the 145 women running are in ridings that are considered winnable by their party.
 
By party, 31.7 percent of ridings deemed winnable by the Liberals have female candidates and 23.4 percent of PC ridings deemed winnable have female candidates; these numbers are lower than the overall percentage of women nominated. Although 45.5 percent of New Democrats running in winnable ridings are women, the party overall has fewer winnable ridings than the Liberals or PCs. The Green Party has no ridings that are considered winnable. 
 
 “There is improvement but at this slow rate of progress  we will  be in business a very long time trying to get fair representation of women at Queen’s Park” said Phyllis Tanaka, Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair.
 
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization working to get more women elected to all levels of government in Canada. 
 
 *Winnable ridings are those which a party won or came within 5 points of the winning party in 2011 or subsequent by-election. 
 
 For media inquiries please contact:
 
Donna Dasko, Equal Voice Toronto donna.dasko@gmail.com
416-966 5170 or 647 282 5727   
 
EV Toronto acknowledges with thanks pundit’s guide.ca for tracking data on the Green Party.
 
 

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