New Brunswick Chapter


Sources for the New Brunswick Graphic:EV's Research (2017) , Elections New Brunswick Women in New Brunswick Politics, FCM, Our Commons (MP List), Times and Transcript , Wikipedia (Brenda Robertson)

In the News:

'Right direction': Women make up 40% of provincial candidates so far

CBC News by Rachel Cave, April 13, 2018

Group hopes to see women to form half the slate of candidates in Sept. 24 election

A group working to get more women elected  to the New Brunswick legislature in September says that so far, 40 per cent of all candidates are women — and the nomination process is only about halfway over.

"The trend is going in the right direction," said Norma Dubé, director and one of the 12 founding members of Women for 50%.

"Our one focus between now and the provincial election, of getting 50 per cent women candidates, will be fulfilled."

The group has been tracking nominations in four parties: Liberal, Progressive Conservative, NDP and Green.

In the last provincial election, when all the nominations were complete, only 71 of 220 candidates were women. That's about 32 per cent.

Gail Bremner is hoping she'll tip the 2018 results in the right direction by winning a contested Progressive Conservative nomination in Saint John Harbour on May 3.

She said she wants to succeed on merit and will be offering her skills and life experience for consideration.

And she said she hopes her perspective as a woman is perceived as a bonus.

"We have different life experiences and considerations. And I just think it's important to have all those perspectives at the largest decision-making table in the province."

Bremner said the choice to offer was not influenced by Women for 50%.

"But I certainly did reach out once the decision was made," she said.

Paul D'Astous, campaign manager for the PC party, said he's never seen anything like the number of women this year who have been asking if they should run and are choosing to run.

"We've seen a surge of interest," D'Astous said. "And I've been around a long time."

A former PC youth who recalls that his first political convention saw Richard Hatfield chosen party leader, D'Astous said  he welcomes the change.

"It's so exciting. It's unbelievable."

4 parties want women to run 

Dubé said Women for 50% is still providing support to potential candidates, by providing information, mentoring and networking opportunities.

According to their online tracker, the Liberals have nominated 12 women, the Green Party has nominated eight, the PCs have seven, and the NDP four.

"All four parties are committed to seeing more women," said Dubé, when asked if she felt any party was doing better at promoting female candidates.

"Some have had more nomination conventions than others. For example, the Liberal Party has had 28 nomination conventions. That's 28 out of 49, whereas the NDP have only had six. So you can't really compare at this point."

"But as we get closer and the speed of nominations increases, others will be able to make those comments."

"As Women for 50% we want to remain as non-partisan as possible." 


Women for 50% - Femmes pour 50%

Women for 50% would like to see 50% women candidiates in the 2018 Election.

They are working towards this goal by creating awareness of the need for more women in elected office and build support,  to encourage women to run, and to build sustainable infrastructure.

For more information and a Campaign checklist visit their site here

Political parties to get financial incentive to run female candidates
CBC News by Jacques Poitras, March 22, 2017
Votes cast for women in provincial elections would be worth more in per-vote subsidy from taxpayers

The Gallant government is going to change the way political parties are subsidized by taxpayers to encourage them to recruit more women as candidates in provincial elections.

The per-vote funding that parties receive based on their last election result will be 1.5 times higher for the votes cast for their candidates who are women.

"Those who do a good job at it and get results will be rewarded, and hopefully that will continue the cycle of them making even more investments in their time and effort to have women as candidates," Premier Brian Gallant told reporters.

The per-vote subsidy boost creates a double incentive: not only will parties get more funding if they have more women as candidates, it will also be in their interest to have those women run in ridings where the party has a chance to win, because that will yield more votes.

Beth Lyons of the New Brunswick Women's Council said that in the past, some parties have boosted the number of women running for seats. but they had those women running in ridings where the party has little chance of winning.

Gallant agreed with that.

"This will encourage the parties to run women where they'll get a lot of votes," he said. "Hopefully that will translate into them winning."

After every election, a pool of money of about $700,000 is distributed to registered political parties based on their share of the vote.

The bill won't increase the overall pool but will shift the allocation around, making votes for women candidates worth 1.5 times as much as those for men.

There are eight women MLAs in the current legislature: four Liberals and four Progressive Conservatives, out of a total of 49 members.

The Liberals have promised to have women make up half their candidates in the 23 non-Liberal held ridings in the next election.

"We clearly have a problem" with getting women elected, Gallant said. "There have been moments in time when it's been horrendous. It's clearly not acceptable."

But Progressive Conservative MLA Dorothy Shephard had a strong first reaction against the bill, calling it "a fly-by policy" that doesn't provide incentives directly to candidates who are women.

"There's nothing here that's going to encourage women to step up, to find daycare, to learn more about politics, to put themselves out there for the actual vote," she said. "This is money that Brian Gallant is going to put in the Liberal coffers."

Shephard couldn't explain, however, why the change would financially benefit the Liberals more than other political parties.

"They want to look good," she said.

Lyons said it's true there are many reasons why women hesitate about running for office, but the funding change would give parties an extra incentive to eliminate some of those barriers.

"Political parties might have to start thinking about that and then it becomes more appealing for women," she said.

Shephard wouldn't say the PC opposition would vote against the bill. She said there may be "no reason to not" tweak the funding formula as long as there were other measures, too.

But she said her party will come up with its own proposals to increase the number of women candidates. She said more daycare availability would make it easier for women to run in elections.

The bill is based on a recommendation by an independent commission on electoral reform, which released its report earlier this month.

Gallant called the idea "innovative and thoughtful" but said if it doesn't have the desired effect, a future government can always change it.


 Source: Women in Position of influence in NB

Equal Voice Guest Lecture and Membership Meeting
On Monday June 20, 2011 Dr. Louise Carbert, professor of Political Science at Dalhousie University and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Equal Voice Nova Scotia spoke to a group of Equal Voice NB members at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. Her talk was titled “Is there a silver lining for women's leadership amidst the cloud of Conservative hegemony?” and examined options - apart from lobbying in the lead up to national and provincial elections – to promote women's political leadership. These activities included co-operating with other organizations including EVNS, Status of Women Canada, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Elections New Brunswick and provincial First Nations Band Councils to identify ways to increase the political engagement and election of women in our province.
A focus on the 2012 Municipal Elections
Over the next several months EVNB will be focusing on helping women to prepare for the 2012 Municipal Elections. We began by hosting as series of “Discussion and Drink” events in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton to provide some networking opportunities for those considering running for council or for those hoping to work with female candidates. These were followed up by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and l'Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick with a series of workshops for women covering a wide range of topics, including: deciding to run, financing the campaign, campaign ethics, canvassing, public speaking and media training.  EVNB hopes to finish off early in the New Year with a final series of sessions on key issues in municipal politics as well as some sessions providing the more practical information and tips for success for those actually involved in running as candidates or helping with campaigns during the May elections. Stay tuned for more information on these events as it becomes available.


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