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a seat at the table, a serving of scraps

September 29, 2008

VOTE

The list of confirmed candidates is out, and Equal Voice has released the final numbers showing how many women have been nominated by each political party. Equal Voice is the only organization providing this election resource.

Four of the country’s five major parties have a better percentage of female candidates, compared to 2006. Where does it get interesting? Just how many of those women have a chance of winning a seat.

Here are the national numbers as of September 25, 2008:

Conservative

candidates nominated: 307 of 308 ridings across Canada (national total)
number of women nominated: 60 / 20%
** winnable ridings with women nominated: 15%
2006 election / women nominated: 12%
2006 election / women MPs elected: 11%

Liberal

candidates nominated: * 307 / 308
number of women nominated: 113 / 37%
** winnable ridings with women nominated: 28%
2006 election / women nominated: 25%
2006 election / women MPs elected: 21%

NDP

candidates nominated: 307 / 308
number of women nominated: 104 / 34%
** winnable ridings with women nominated: 39%
2006 election / women nominated: 35%
2006 election / women MPs elected: 41%

Bloc

candidates nominated: 75 / 75 federal seats in Quebec
number of women nominated: 21 / 28%
** winnable ridings with women nominated: 32%
2006 election / women nominated: 30%
2006 election / women MPs elected: 33%

Greens

candidates nominated: * 304 / 308
number of women nominated: 89 / 29%
** winnable ridings with women nominated: 0%
2006 election / women nominated: 23%
2006 election / women MPs elected: 0%

Total Women Nominated in 2008 in five major parties: 387/1300 (29%)
Total Women Nominated in 2008: 437/1593 (27%)

* Liberals are declining to run a Candidate in Central Nova, where Green Party leader Elizabeth May is running. The Greens will not be running a candidate in Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion’s riding, Saint-Laurent—Cartierville. (section15.ca editor Jude MacDonald notes that the Green Party chose not to field a candidate against independent incumbent Bill Casey in the riding of Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley.)

** Winnable ridings are defined as ridings where the seat is currently held, where parties came in second by a margin of 10% or less in the 2006 election, or where there was a three-way contest in the 2006 election with a margin of less than 15% between the first and third place parties.

source

Equal Voice website
external download iconEqual Voice Federal Election Tracking (PDF download, Adobe Acrobat, 27.55 KB), Equal Voice | September 25, 2008

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