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