Faqs / What about representation of women and minorities?

Contact Women for Fair Voting at women@fairvote.ca.
“Less than a quarter of Canada’s parliamentarians are women. That’s barely enough to rank 54th in the world, well behind Angola, Belarus, Iraq, South Sudan, and Afghanistan. Some countries set aside a certain number of seats for women. But those that elect the most women without such quotas use proportional representation.
In Canada, visible minorities also hold relatively few seats, despite being a growing segment of society. Very few Aboriginal people serve in Parliament. When parties can only put forward one candidate per riding, they will naturally nominate the candidate that they think is strongest. “As long as there are even subconscious biases in our society about who makes the best MP, white men will be overrepresented.”* But when each voter has a say over more than one seat, parties will put forward a more representative range of candidates to earn the votes of a diverse population, and voters will indeed take them up on it.
* Renwick, Alan. 2011. “The Alternative Vote: A Briefing Paper”. Political Studies Association, University of Reading. p.17.
Contactez le Comité des femmes pour la représentation équitable à women@fairvote.ca.

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