Provincial election, Quebecers have elected a record number of women

Élections provinciales: les Québécois ont élu un nombre record de femmes

MONTREAL — quebec’s voters elected a record number of women in the provincial election of last Monday, further evidence of the growing involvement of women in politics a little bit everywhere in North America.

With its 52 women, who account for 41.6 percent of the 125 seats in the national Assembly, the Quebec now has the highest percentage of elected women in Canada, according to Esther Lapointe, the executive director of the Group Women, Politics and Democracy, a non-profit organization that advocates for greater participation of women in political life.

This title was previously held by the province of Ontario, where 39.5% of mps elected in the election of June were women.

South of the border, the american media highlight regularly the “historic high” in the number of candidates contesting the seats of representatives or the senate within the framework of the mid-term elections that will take place in November.

Ruba Ghazal, who has just been elected under the banner of Québec solidaire (QS) in the electoral district of Mercier, believes that the women in Quebec are beginning to have enough confidence in it to enter politics.

“Now, we have more and more models,” she said in an interview with The canadian Press on Friday.

According to Ms. Ghazal, it is good to see women not to get caught in exchanges aggressive with men.

The co-spokesperson for QS, Manon Massé, has received praise for his performance in the electoral debate during which it has refused to take part in what Ruba Ghazal has called “the cock fight” between the three male candidates.

“It was a different way of making policy, a summary the member of parliament for Mercier. This is not to say that women are not combative. Manon Massé can be very combative.”

Ms. Ghazal says Françoise David, a founding member of QS who left the policy in 2017 after having represented the riding of montreal to Gouin to the national Assembly for five years, was among his models.

“Does it work”

The young woman also cites as an example the Valerie Plant, which is become by 2017 the first woman to occupy the town hall of Montreal.

In an interview with The canadian Press, Ms. Plant has described as “fantastic” the fact that so many women have been elected on the 1st of October.

“This really demonstrates that when the parties decide to take this issue seriously and to invest, which means to put in place all the necessary measures to ensure that a large number of women are selected as candidates, it works,” said the mayor.

Half of the candidates submitted by projet Montréal to the municipal elections of 2017 were women, and the executive committee of the city now has six women and seven men.

Valérie Plante has said to expect the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and the new prime minister, François Legault, to fulfill its promise of forming a firm joint.

Twenty-eight of the 74 elected candidates of the CAQ are women.

Some of the voices in Quebec are high in favor of the adoption of a law that would oblige political parties of the province to submit at least 50 % of women in the elections.

If the CAQ is opposed to the quota, QS determines that they are necessary.

As to Ms. Lapointe, it is believed that this type of law is essential, especially because the political parties in québec are financed by public funds.

“Just before the start of the election [in 2018], there were fewer female mps than in 2003, recalled the director-general of the Group Women, Politics and Democracy. Why? Because there are advances and there are setbacks. If there is no law, there is no guarantee that in four years, there will be no less than the candidates.”

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