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Candidates in the Ontario elections: where is the real parity?

Only the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario does not subscribe to it, presenting even fewer female candidates than in 2018.

In addition to this exceptional figure, the Ontario election campaign is more and more about women; a trend that was already observed four years ago, when 49 women candidates had succeeded in being elected at Queen’s Park, the highest percentage of female members sitting in a legislative assembly in Canada (39.5%).

This representativeness could well increase again this year if we consider the growing place occupied by women in the running for this election.

But if you take into account the number of women candidates in the party with the best chance of winning seats, and according to the polls, it is the CPAP of Ontario, it may well be that the Assembly welcomes fewer women MLAs in the next Parliament. Forty-two candidates from CPAP had presented in 2018; there are ten less this time.

An unrivaled choice of candidates

the NDPone of the first parties to establish parity in its bodies and on the electoral lists in its statutes, presents this year femmes candidates et personnes non-binaires”,”text”:”68femmes candidates et personnes non-binaires”}}”>68 female candidates and non-binary peoplei.e. 55% of its aspiring deputies, as in 2018 (56% women).

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jean Delisle

Andrea Horwath’s party could then make parity a distinctive electoral asset, which is less the case in 2022, since two other parties can also take advantage of it.

This year, in fact, the Liberals managed to forcep parity (and even surpass it at 54%) by allowing only women and non-binary candidates to run for the nomination in 25 ridings. While it had 55 female candidates in 2018, Steven Del Duca’s party managed to select 66 for the June 2 ballot.

The three parties which reach the parity of candidacies do not hesitate to display their voluntarism.

% des circonscriptions avant le déclenchement des élections de2022″,”text”:”Lorsque Steven a été élu chef du Parti libéral de l’Ontario, il s’est engagé à créer plus d’occasions pour les femmes de se présenter aux élections en s’assurant qu’elles se présentent dans au moins 50% des circonscriptions avant le déclenchement des élections de2022″}}”>When Steven was elected Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, he pledged to create more opportunities for women to run for office by ensuring they run in at least 50% of ridings before the 2022 election callargues a spokesperson for the OLP in an email sent to Radio-Canada.

Voting will take place on June 2.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Christian Milette

This year, the greens are also pleased to have recruited 69 candidates and non-binary people, diverse and skilled community leaderssummarizes the party of Mike Schreiner, who already made it a campaign argument in 2018.

It is so important that, across the political spectrum, we support and empower more women to run for office, so that women’s voices are heard at the table of every policy decision.advocated the Greens in 2018 with 52% women on their list, but none elected.

In the Ontario NDP, the profile of candidates is a major political lever. When the 124 candidates were unveiled, the party emphasized the diversity of those selected: % de gens vivant avec des handicaps, 33% de candidat·es racisé·es, 26% de gens de couleur, 7% de candidat·es noir·es, 3% de candidat·es autochtones, 4% de candidat·es francophones, 6% de jeunes, et 12% de candidat·es 2ELGBTQIA+”,”text”:”7% de gens vivant avec des handicaps, 33% de candidat·es racisé·es, 26% de gens de couleur, 7% de candidat·es noir·es, 3% de candidat·es autochtones, 4% de candidat·es francophones, 6% de jeunes, et 12% de candidat·es 2ELGBTQIA+”}}”>7% people living with disabilities, 33% racialized candidates, 26% people of color, 7% black candidates, 3% indigenous candidates, 4% candidates Francophones, 6% young people, and 12% 2SLGBTQIA+ candidates.

Eighty percent of NDP candidates belong to one or more equity-deserving communities, the party says.

Thus, for the first time in the history of Ontario provincial elections, 48% of candidates are women and non-binary people. A big step from this angle, a smaller one from another, nuance Penny Collenette, lawyer and former Liberal politician.

In Canada, women represent half of the population, but they do not yet represent half of the House of Commons or the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, she laments. And when we expand internationally, it’s even worse […]. If women are not represented, they will never be heard.

His advice? It behooves all of us with an interest in politics to really consider running for office. We need female representation at all political levels, in all countries […]with a critical mass.

With information from Camille Feireisen

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