Canada's New Parliament Has More Female MPs Than Ever Before

98 women were elected this year.
Canada Election Results: There Are More Female MPs Than Ever Before

Although some people may think that the fight for equality ended years ago, it's still an incredibly relevant issue in Canada and many other countries all around the world. There's progress to be made, but we've seen a lot of growth in the rights of both women and minorities, and last night's federal election in Canada reflected that. Canada's Election results show that more female MPs are in power than ever before.

On Monday, October 21, 2019, it was declared that the Liberals would be holding onto power for another term, but this time with a minority government. This change is sure to bring about differences in the House of Commons, although not all of them will be bad.

One of the most notable positive things to come out of last night's election is news that in 2019, more women have been elected as MPs than ever before in Canadian history. In 2015, we saw 88 women win in their ridings, and in 2019, that number grew to 98, which makes up just 29% of the overall elected.

If we break this down by party, there will be 52 women from the Liberal party (33% of elected Liberals), 22 Conservatives (18%), 12 from the Bloc-Quebecois (37.5%), 9 from the NDP (37.5%), 2 from the Green party (66.7%), and the only elected Independent candidate is a woman.

Some of the most notable female MPs elected yesterday include Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party (Saanich-Gulf Islands riding), Jody Wilson-Raybould, the only Independent candidate elected (Vancouver Granville riding), and Stephanie Kusie who won with an astounding 74.5% of the votes (Calgary Midnapore riding).

As great as this news is, equality advocates are still of the opinion that these numbers aren't good enough. "While there is room for celebration, we still fell just short of the 30 percent goal we set. Change in Canada has been slow and incremental—a trend that continued in this election,” said Equal Voice executive director, Eleanor Fast in a media release.

"We had a record number of women candidates running in this election, which we hoped would have translated into a higher number of women elected. We are nonetheless encouraged to see these gains."

On the bright side of things, this election also saw more First Nations peoples running than ever before with a total of approximately 62, up from 2015's total of 54 Indigenous candidates. The previous election saw a total of 11 Indigenous peoples elected, and 2019's election saw that drop by one to a total of 10.

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