EV SPEAKS OUT
Equal Voice invites you to Be her. Support her. Celebrate her.

 

With one third of federal ridings without any female candidates, Equal Voice challenges the five major parties to nominate more women

Jun 29, 2015

 

For a list of available ridings, consult the attachment at the bottom of the release.  

 

Ottawa:  Four years ago, voters in the 2011 federal election made history when they elected 25 percent women to the House of Commons.  Whether or not history can be made again, however, remains to be seen.

 

Currently, 119 federal ridings have yet to feature a woman candidate from one of the five major parties.  In only ten of these ridings have all five major parties completed their nominations and chosen only men.

 

Equal Voice is appealing to political parties to reach out to talented women leaders from across the country about the opportunity to stand for office where parties have yet to choose a candidate.

 

“We cannot increase the gender balance in the House of Commons unless far more women run. Parties have a crucial role to play in ensuring women leaders in their ridings are aware of the opportunities and are actively reaching out to dynamic and motivated women,” says Nancy Peckford, Equal Voice’s National Spokesperson.

 

With approximately 70 days to go (or less) before an election call, Equal Voice is asking those parties who have yet to complete a nomination in the more than 100 ridings still in play to do everything they can to ensure that there is a woman on the ballot.

 

“The time is now. In many instances, it is not too late for women to express interest in a nomination contest. Riding associations will be overseeing candidate selection processes throughout the summer,” add Lynne Hamilton, Equal Voice’s National Chair.

 

Through its campaign, Be Her. Support Her. Celebrate Her, EV has been advocating that women across the country consider becoming candidates at any level of government. 

 

With the polls suggesting a tight race for this upcoming federal election, EV believes that many of the women who run in this election will have a viable shot at winning.

 

“Running for office provides a unique and powerful platform for women candidates to put themselves on the map,” underscores Hamilton.  "Win or lose, running enables candidates to develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of their communities and offer tangible solutions to thousands of Canadians."

 

“Quite simply, being a federal candidate is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen one’s leadership skills and diversify one's networks.  In our view, running really is the ultimate lean-in moment.”

 

The percentage of women as confirmed candidates currently sits below 2011 levels - at just 30 percent women. According to Grace Lore, EV’s Election Researcher, there are 299 women on the ballot for the five major parties as compared to 688 male candidates.  Nearly 70 percent of their federal nominations are now complete.

 

The New Democratic Party has the strongest showing with 41 percent women nominated. The Liberal Party have 33 percent women on its roster, the Greens 28 percent, the Bloc Quebecois is at 26 percent while the Conservatives have nominated 20 percent women.

 

With this most recent session of Parliament nearly over, Equal Voice recognizes the pivotal role many women have played in the last four years, including those in cabinet and those with critic roles on the opposition benches.

 

 “The contributions of the nearly 80 women MPs who served in this Parliament have been varied and wide-ranging – from leading policy development, to proposing and critiquing major legislation, and responding to thousands of constituents. There is no question about the value of women’s voices in Parliament.  Our challenge now is to get far more of them elected,” says Hamilton.

 

For a list of ridings where nominations are still in play, consult Equal Voice’s guide below.

 

For more information:

Nancy Peckford

npeckford@equalvoice.ca

613-854-9793

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