2015 election: Women make up less than a third of candidates so far


Women hoping to be more equally represented in the House of Commons are likely to be disappointed after the next federal election.

With just over half the candidates nominated for the October 2015 election, women are far outnumbered by men.

While the 2011 election brought a record number of female candidates and a record number of women elected to the House, they still make up only a quarter of all MPs.

But a CBC News analysis of candidates nominated so far shows Canada is still far from hitting gender parity in federal politics.

The Conservatives have nominated women in just 19 per cent of 338 ridings (with 52 per cent of candidates nominated), while women account for 36 per cent of Liberal candidates (with 54 per cent of candidates nominated so far).

The NDP is the clear leader, with two more women nominated than men: 54 women and 52 men are set to run in 106 ridings. But the New Democrats have confirmed just 31 per cent of their candidates.

Many of the Conservative and NDP candidates nominated so far are sitting MPs.

Women account for 25 per cent of MPs in the House right now, or 77 of the current 308 seats. Thirty new ridings have been added for the 2015 election.

Women currently make up 18 per cent of the Conservative caucus. To bring their female candidate representation even up to one-third, nearly half of the remaining candidates to be chosen would have to be women.

Women make up 42 per cent of the current New Democrat caucus and 23 per cent of the current Liberal caucus.

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