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‘Modest’ progress sees more women elected to the House, but researchers call 2019 the ‘status quo’

By Samantha Wright Allen      

With the new House of Commons set to be made up of 98 women and 240 men, 'we should be asking why men are overrepresented,’ says Professor Erin Tolley.

Candidates reflect on the increased number of women elected to the House of Commons this year. From left to right: Bloc MP-elect Marie-Hélène Gaudreau, Liberal candidate Tracy Muggli, NDP candidate Nikki Clarke, and Conservative MP-elect Kerry-Lynne Findlay. Photographs courtesy of Marie-Hélène Gaudreau, Tracy Muggli, Nikki Clarke, and Kerry-Lynne Findlay campaigns

Women were more likely to run in weaker ridings for their respective parties this election, while new male candidates disproportionately ran in target seats—a trend academics say lines up with historical patterns, and puts this election firmly in the “status quo” for poor gender representation.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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