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Record Number of Women Elected in Ontario

 

A record number of women will be heading to Queen’s Park after yesterday’s provincial election, according to Equal Voice Toronto. A total of 38 women were elected to the Ontario Legislature, representing 35.5 percent of the 107 MPPs at Queen’s Park.

In the 2011 general election, 30 women were elected to Queen’s Park, representing 28 percent of the legislature. At dissolution, there were 31 women, or 29 per cent of the legislature. 

Of the total 38 women elected, 21 are Liberals, 11 are New Democrats, and six are Progressive Conservatives. 

Among the prominent women winning re-election are Premier Kathleen Wynne in Don Valley West, NDP leader Andrea Horwath in Hamilton Centre, and Deputy PC leader Christine Elliott in Whitby-Oshawa.

Newcomers to the Ontario Legislature include Liberals Elinor McMahon in Burlington, Indira Naidoo-Harris in Halton, Daiene Vernile in Kitchener Centre and several others, and New Democrats Lisa Gretzky in Windsor West and Jennifer French in Oshawa.

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.

 Equal Voice Toronto tracked nominations of women throughout the electoral campaign and reported on these numbers. A total of 145 women were nominated by the four major parties, representing 33.9 percent of candidates, also a historical high point for female nominations. This was up from the 130, or 30.4 percent, who ran in 2011. The Chapter also identified 40 women running in winnable ridings (defined as those where their party won or came within 5 points of the winning party in the 2011 general election or subsequent by-election.) 

Overall, the Liberals were most successful in electing their women nominees: 21 of their 37 female candidates (56.8 percent) were elected. The New Democrats elected 11 of their 44 candidates (25 percent), and the PC party elected six of their 27 women who were running (22.2 percent).

“The Ontario election represents a breakthrough for women at Queen’s Park, maybe a tipping point, and we are really pleased with the increased representation”, said Erica Rayment, Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair.

“We congratulate all of the women who ran in the Ontario provincial election last night. We thank the parties for their efforts and we urge them to continue their activities and efforts to nominate women, and we encourage women to step forward into the political arena,” said Phyllis Tanaka, Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair.  

 

 

Information Guide to Women Candidates

 

June 9, 2014

Dear Equal Voice Toronto Members,
 
Interested in learning more about the women running for office on June 12? For the first time ever, Equal Voice Toronto has compiled photos and bios of all women running for the four major parties in the June 12th Ontario election.
 
Overall, there are 145 women running. View their photos and pictures in the EV Toronto Guide to Female Candidates, available at: https://bit.ly/1kXWCfD
 
All-Women Ridings

There are three ridings guaranteed to elect a woman on June 12. They are:

  • Burlington

  • Dufferin-Caledon

  • Kitchener-Waterloo

Ridings with No Women

It is hard to believe that there are several ridings in Ontario without any women running. They are:

  • Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

  • Kitchener-Conestoga

  • Lambton-Kent-Middlesex

  • Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington

  • Niagara Falls

  • Ottawa West-Nepean

  • Parry Sound-Muskoka

  • Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke

  • Scarborough-Rouge River

  • Thunder Bay-Superior North

  • Timiskaming-Cochrane

  • Vaughan

  • Wellington-Halton Hills

  • Windsor-Tecumseh

  • York Centre

Are Women Running in
"Winnable" Ridings?


As we reported in our June 4th release, although the number of nominated women has increased, it is unclear if this will translate into more women elected on June 12. 
 
Equal Voice Toronto conducted an analysis of “winnable” ridings*, defined as those which a party won or came within 5 points of the winning party in the 2011 general election or a subsequent by-election.
 
We found that that only 40 of the 145 women running are in ridings that are considered winnable by their party.
 
By party, the Liberals have 19, the PC Party have 11 and the new Democrats have 10 women running in winnable ridings.

Check out the June 5th Toronto Star article, "Will more female candidates mean more female MPPs?", at: http://on.thestar.com/1ohLbVZ

Progress Needed to Improve Women's Representation

Ontario ranks second (behind B.C.) of the ten provinces in the proportion of women in the provincial Legislature. But we elected only 30 women in 2011. The numbers show a clear story: Greater progress is needed to improve women's representation.

We Want to Hear From You! 

We know that many of our members are on the ground doing important work to help elect more women to government. We want to hear from you!
 
Tell us via Twitter about what you are doing to help women get elected in Ontario on June 12.
 
Twitter @EqualVoiceTO

Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization working to get more women elected to all levels of government in Canada. 

EVToronto acknowledges with thanks The CG Group for creating our infographics and picture files.


More Women Running, few in Winnable Ridings 

 

June 2, 2014

 

Dear Equal Voice Toronto Members,

With nominations closed in the Ontario election campaign, we take a look at how many women are running and their chances of success on June 12.

View our summary here: 

 

 

The Final Nominations

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.

Are Women Running Where They Can Win?

Although the number of nominated women has increased, it is not clear that this will translate into more women elected on June 12. 

Equal Voice Toronto conducted an analysis of “winnable” ridings*, defined as those which a party won or came within 5 points of the winning party in the 2011 general election or a subsequent by-election.

We find that that only 40 of the 145 women running are in ridings that are considered winnable by their party.

By party, the Liberals have 19, the PC Party have 11 and the new Democrats have 10 women running in winnable ridings. Looked at another way,  31.7 percent of ridings deemed winnable by the Liberals have female candidates, 23.4 percent of ridings deemed winnable by the PC Party have female candidates and 45.5 percent of ridings considered winnable by the New Democrats have female candidates. The Green Party has no ridings that are considered winnable.

 

Follow us on twitter and tell us what you are doing to help get women elected on June 12.   

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Female nominations increase in 2014 Ontario Campaign, says Equal Voice Toronto

 

May 30, 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.

 


 

 Equal Voice Toronto

Ontario Election 2014:
Can we elect more women?

 

 

Equal Voice Toronto issues the

2014 Ontario Challenge to party leaders

May 15, 2014

 

A critical mass of female elected officials is needed before legislatures produce public policy representing women's concerns. Ontario’s political parties must first nominate more women, in order to increase the numbers of female members of provincial parliament.
 
That’s why Equal Voice Toronto has issued a challenge to all three provincial party leaders, asking that they commit to nominating more women candidates. We received positive responses from the three party leaders before the election was called.
 
Premier Kathleen Wynne accepted the challenge to run more women for the Ontario Liberals in her response to EV Toronto, noting, “We have approached our candidate search activity with a focus on ensuring every effort is made to seek out women as potential candidates and ensure they have the tools needed to make the decision to run.”
 
In his response to EV Toronto, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak accepted the Challenge, stating, “With two young daughters, I’m personally thrilled at the number and character of the female candidates running for the Ontario PC Party.”
 
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath stated “... the Ontario NDP is committed to increasing the number of women candidates running in the next election. We have sent strong signals to riding associations so that female candidates are given strong consideration and approached to run for our Party.”
 
Check out the EV letters to leaders, posted below on our website.

 

How are the parties doing?
 
With nominations rapidly coming to a close, the track record to date is mixed.
 
The Ontario PC Party was the first to complete its nominations process. With 27 women nominated, the 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.
 
Prominent nominees include Deputy Leader Christine Elliott, running in Whitby-Oshawa; Laurie Scott, running in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock; and Lisa MacLeod, running in Nepean-Carleton.

The Liberal Party of Ontario completed it nomination process yesterday. With 37 women, the party has  34.6 percent of their candidates female. However, this represents a drop of 5 women from the 42 who ran in 2011, which represented 39.2 percent of their candidates last time.

Prominent Liberal women include Premier Kathleen Wynne running in Don Valley West, Deb Matthews running in London North Centre, and Liz Sandals running in Guelph.

The New Democratic Party has not completed its nominations to date.

Nominations close on 

 

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