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Feature: Women Candidates in 2015 Federal Election 

Through this short feature, we reached out to female candidates across all parties and asked them - why are you running for office? The following three were selected based on the responses we received, and we would like to share their story with you. All of these women had one common message: On October 19th, go out and vote!

We also encourage you to check out EV's info page regarding the percentage of female candidates in this year's federal election, as well as to participate in our campaign to pledge to Take a Girl to Vote

- Equal Voice NCR 


Jacqueline Biollo - Liberal Party of Canada 

Jacqueline Biollo said that she "has always had a desire to be involved, help others, and stand-up for a cause which she believes in" and is an avid advocate for women in politics. 

She is the candidate for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin.

You can connect with her on Twitter and on her official website

Emilie Taman - New Democratic Party 

When asked why she was running for office, Emilie said ''Tom Mulcair's principled opposition of Bill C-51 pushed me to action. My decision to set my career aside and take the risk of seeking office was not taken lightly. Like many of my colleagues, my horror at what was being done to Canada's sacred public service rose slowly. Our country needs a Prime Minister who is able to make the right decisions even when the pollsters tell him not to."

She is the candidate for Ottawa-Vanier. 

You can connect with her on 
Twitter and on her official website
Joanne Levy - Liberal Party of Canada  

"I'm running because I have been working all my life to advocate for communities in more remote parts of the country, outside the major population centres, and I believe I have a voice, an energy and a passion to make sure this community is well represented in Ottawa." 

Joanne is a candidate of Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman in Central Manitoba.  

You can connect with her on Twitter and on her official website. 



Notice of Annual General Meeting

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
O’Connor Room, Sheraton Hotel
150 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario




?Equal Voice is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

The primary location for Equal Voice’s Annual General Meeting is the Sheraton Hotel at 150 Albert Street in Ottawa, Ontario. EV’s chapters will also host members in several locations across the country so that they can participate via web and/or audio-conferencing. To participate in the Ottawa location, please RSVP at agm2014@equalvoice.ca by Thursday, January 30th, 2014. To participate in a location outside of Ottawa, please RSVP with your local chapter by Thursday, January 30th, 2014. A link with information about all the meeting locations can be found here.

Additionally, Equal Voice will provide web-conferencing log-in information for those members in good standing who would like to participate but are unable to attend the meeting at one of the listed locations below. In order for these members to participate, individuals must RSVP with Equal Voice’s head office at agm2014@equalvoice.ca by Monday, January 27th, 2014 so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Log-in credentials will then be shared with these individuals.

To qualify as a member in good standing, you must have paid your membership within the last 365 days (as of Saturday, February 1st, 2014). In other words, all new and renewing members must have paid their membership no later than Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 1 p.m. EDT.

For those who need to renew, members who took out a membership between January 1st, 2011 and February 2nd, 2013 should receive a membership renewal notice from Equal Voice by January 29th, 2014. If you would like to inquire about your membership status, please send an email to Lynn at memberships@equalvoice.ca in order to confirm whether or not you are a member in good standing.

Membership Fees

?Membership fees are $50.00/year or $10.00/year for youth, students or low income (self-declared). We strongly encourage you to join or renew on line by clicking here. When processed online with payment, your membership is effective immediately.? ?Membership fees are shared between the national office and local chapters. 40% of membership fees go to your local Chapter and the remaining amount goes toward sustaining EV’s national web site, programs, and public awareness activities.? ?


Process for 2014 AGM

At this year’s AGM, EV will report on our activities, financial statements for the years 2012 and 2013, and Equal Voice’s proposed new bylaws. Significant changes to EV’s bylaws have been made in order to remain in compliance with the new Canada Not-for- Profit Corporations Act overseen by Industry Canada. All documents pertaining to the AGM will be made available via a special webpage to members in good standing.

After presentation of the above items and discussion on Saturday, the meeting will recess. During this recess, all members-in-good-standing will have the opportunity to vote electronically between 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 until 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, February 3rd, 2014. This process gives all members in good standing an opportunity to cast their vote.

The voting results will be sent to members no later than Thursday, February 6th, 2014.

Electronic Voting

As noted above, Equal Voice invites all of its members in good standing to cast their vote on the main business of the meeting via a secure and confidential online ballot. This voting will commence immediately following the proceedings on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 4 p.m. EDT. Members will have the opportunity to cast their ballots until 5 pm EDT on Monday, February 3rd, 2014.

Electronic voting will take place via Simply Voting. Simply Voting is a highly secure computer based voting system that enables individual members to go to a specific web page where they can cast their votes confidentially on Equal Voice motions.

Information on how to vote will be sent to all members in good standing who have renewed/joined no later then 1 p.m. EDT on Saturday, February 1st , 2014. 

For those members wishing to participate in Equal Voice’s Annual General Meeting in-person, click here for a list of locations.  

Thank you for your interest in Equal Voice!





Do you want to Be Her? Support Her? Celebrate Her?

Are you interested in encouraging young women and men to harness their ideas and spark change?

Would you like to be a part of Equal Voice’s Board of Directors?

Equal Voice is currently accepting nominations for the National Youth Chair position. As a member of the National Board of Directors, the National Youth Chair is responsible for developing and implementing a Canada-wide action plan to increase the number of youth chapters on university and college campuses. In addition, the newly elected National Youth Chair will work with representatives from youth chapters on the design and implementation of programming regarding youth engagement activities promoting the election of more women in Canada.

Eligibility Requirements:
• The individual must be an Equal Voice member in good standing at the time nomination submission. To join or renew your Equal Voice membership visit www.equalvoice.ca/join; and,
• The position is open to individuals who are 25 years old or younger at the time of application.

• Be able to attend two hour-long monthly Board of Directors Meetings (by teleconference);
• Participate in Equal Voice youth chapter activities including training, outreach, fundraising events, press conferences and other activities as required; and,
• Support the development, growth and sustainability of youth chapters on university and college campuses across the country.

Interested candidates should provide a short biography (150 words maximum) to Denise Siele at dsiele@equalvoice.ca by Tuesday January 28th, 2014.

As in previous years, elections will be held via e-vote. The elections will be conducted in February 2014 and results announced to all members.

Founded in 2001, Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, non-profit, multi-partisan organization dedicated to the election of more women at all levels of government in Canada. Equal Voice has chapters in British Columbia, Alberta (south and north), Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa), Saskatchewan, three of the four Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick), as well as dynamic youth chapters in universities and colleges across the country. Equal Voice’s members include non-partisan individuals as well as women and men from all of Canada’s major political parties.


Equal Voice National Press Release: One more woman to serve in the House of Commons


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



Denise Siele

Director of Operations, Equal Voice


Equal Voice Toronto Announces 2013 EVE Award Recipient Premier Kathleen Wynne 


Equal Voice proudly announces that the 2013 EVE Award Toronto recipient will be Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s first woman Premier. Premier Wynne will be honoured on September 23rd at the Eighth Annual Women in Public Life Luncheon, hosted with event partner The Canadian Club of Toronto at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.


The EVE Award recognizes outstanding women who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of women in public life. Premier Wynne will join a list of EVE Toronto recipients from all political parties, including Andrea Horwath, Isabel Bassett, Anne McLellan, Kim Campbell, Frances Lankin, Hazel McCallion, Flora MacDonald, and Carolyn Bennett. Equal Voice has been promoting the election of more women in all levels of government for over a decade.


Kathleen Wynne made history when she became Ontario’s 25th Premier and the first woman to hold this office. Wynne was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 representing the riding of Don Valley West. She became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January, 2013 and was sworn in as Premier on February 11, 2013. She joins the ranks of five other women first ministers in Canada.


Kathleen is a natural problem solver who is dedicated to bringing groups together to achieve real results. She and her team are focused on

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