Canadians believe parties and governments need to act on gender parity in politics
Representation is a prerequisite for democracy. Canadian women deserve as many seats at the table as men to exercise a balance of power.
Protesters pictured at the Women's March in Ottawa, on Jan. 21, 2017. Participants wore pink knitted ‘pussyhats,’ in response to Donald Trump’s crude remarks about women. Research by Canada’s Samara Centre for Democracy found that a mere 17 per cent of federal candidates between 2004 and 2019 emerged through such competitions. Parties are already appointing more than four out of five candidates and, clearly, most of them are men, writes Shari Graydon. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade