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More women than ever vying for this election

More women than ever vying for this election

All major federal parties have filed documents with Elections Canada detailing who will run for them in the next election, shutting the door on any further changes to the list of candidates before Canadians vote on September 20.

All major parties will present a near-full list of 338 candidates, with the Liberals and NDP telling CBC News they have filed documents with Elections Canada for a full list.

The Liberals say their slate of candidates this year includes “medical professionals, teachers, Indigenous leaders, LGBTQ2 advocates, entrepreneurs, scientists, Olympians and Paralympians, seasoned parliamentarians,” and others.

The Conservatives also filed for 338 candidates but had to remove a name from the list just before Monday’s 2 p.m. deadline. Troy Myers resigned as Conservative candidate for Dartmouth – Cole Harbor in Nova Scotia after allegations of sexual misconduct against him surfaced.

The party confirmed to CBC News that although it removed Myers’ name in time, it has not provided Elections Canada with an alternate candidate and will not be running anyone in the riding this election cycle.

Now that the nomination deadline has passed, Elections Canada must make an effort to verify that supporting documents are valid and that nomination signatures have been verified – a process officials say should be completed by Wednesday after- midday.

While other national parties were able to provide figures to CBC News, the Green Party was unable to provide it on Monday evening. The People’s Party of Canada, however, said it would field around 330 candidates, slightly more than the 315 it fielded in 2019.

“As a small party this was a huge logistical challenge, but we managed to surpass our total of 315 candidates in the 2019 election. We are delighted to be able to offer Canadian voters an option other than the parties of establishment in almost every constituency. this time, “PPC spokesman Martin Masse said.

More women and diversity than ever

According to Equal Voice, which tracks the gender diversity of candidates, the 2021 election marks a continued increase in the number of non-male candidates since the 2015 federal election.

Overall, Tied, 44 percent of all candidates nominated to date are female or of different genders, which is comparable to the 2019 election, where it was 42 percent.

The group says it has assembled the full list of candidates for both Liberals and Conservatives – and says both parties continue to improve.

The liberal candidates nominated so far are 43% women and different genders this time around, up from 39% in 2019 and 31% in 2015. Conservative candidates are 33% women and diverse genders, compared to 32% in 2019 and only 20% in 2015.

“From the start, Erin O’Toole has made it clear that no matter your gender, background, orientation, color or religion, you are welcome and at home with Canada’s Conservatives,” said Chelsea Tucker, Director media relations for conservatives.

While not a huge leap from 2019, to see this little improvement that we’ve seen across the board with all parties, we’re pretty happy with it.– Eleanor Fast, Equal Voice, Executive Director

Equal Voice says the Bloc Québécois, which presents a full list of 78 candidates in Quebec, will beat both the Conservatives and the Liberals with 47 percent of its candidates being female or gender-diverse, compared to 45 percent in 2019. The band did it. not follow the People’s Party of Canada.

Eleanor Fast, executive director of Equal Voice, told CBC News that while they are still compiling their candidate lists for the Greens and the NDP, both parties are on track to at least have 50 percent of their candidates are women or various genders, depending on who has been nominated so far.

The NDP says it has worked with equity groups to identify candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those from Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) communities.

“I am proud that more than half of our team is made up of women and that more than a third of our candidates are black, indigenous or of color,” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said in a statement. “We also have more people running for us who live with a disability or who belong to the SOGIE community than we have ever had in our team. “

Nominated candidates vs elected candidates

Fast says that while Equal Voices would like to see full gender parity in political parties, her group is happy the curve continues to rise in what is difficult for women to enter politics.

“The COVID pandemic has had a huge and disproportionate impact on women, and we were very concerned leading up to the election that this could potentially have an effect on the number of female candidates,” Fast told CBC News.

“To see these numbers, while not a huge leap from 2019, to see this little improvement that we’ve seen across the board with all the parties, we’re pretty happy with it.”

As progress continues, Fast says what really matters is closing the gap between the number of women nominated by parties and the number who actually win on election night. She says that in 2019, while 42% of the candidates were women, only 29% of elected MPs were women.

“We really hope we don’t see this trend again, and that 44% of all candidates being women translates into a much higher percentage of women and people of different genders elected on election night,” Fast said.

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