WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, October 23

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

  • Justin Trudeau’s Liberty Party won a majority government on Monday, winning 39.5 percent of Canada’s votes and 184 seats in the House of Commons. Find a detailed breakdown of the 2015 federal election results here.
  • Take a look at how the 2015 federal election would have looked with proportional representation. Was this the last first-past-the-post election in Canada?
  • Sticking to his election promise, Prime Minister elect Justin Trudeau will appoint new cabinet with equal gender balance, which would be a federal first. Mr. Trudeau also proposed a new parental work plan, allowing new parents to take leaves up to 18 months combined with maternity benefits.
  • A record 88 female MPs were elected to Ottawa among 338 MPs, 50 of those women are Liberals. This is a 1% percent increase from the last federal election, for a total of 26%  women in the House of Commons. While the progress is good, more needs to be done to get women into politics.
  • MPP Yasir Naqvi announced Thursday that street checks will be eliminated in Ontario by the end of the Fall but details are still unclear.
  • The TO Prosperity plan, Toronto’s landmark Poverty Reduction Strategy took another step forward this week and the report will be sent to council for approval next month.
  • Bombardier informed TTC that it would be able to only provide 16 of the 23 new streetcars by the end of the year. TTC is getting increasingly frustrated with Bombardier and its inability to meet production deadlines, which may impact Bombardier’s ability to bid on future TTC contracts.
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New Infographic from Elect Women Ontario and WiTOpoli

As Ontarians prepare to go to the polls in one week, Elect Women Ontario and Women in Toronto Politics have compiled data on the number of female candidates running for provincial office. The infographic below details the percentage of female candidates running for each of the four major parties, across 22 Toronto ridings. Click here for a list of these candidates and their contact information.

Of the declared candidates for the four major parties, 29.5% of candidates are women. 5 out of 26 women candidates in the Toronto region are incumbents: Laura Albanese, Mitzie Hunter, Soo Wong, Cheri DiNovo, and Kathleen Wynne. In comparison, there are 16 male incumbents in the Toronto region.

The numbers tell an interesting story: The Liberals run a lower percentage of women candidates in the Toronto region, where they dominate electorally, compared to in the rest of the province. In contrast, the PCs run a significantly higher percentage of women in the region of Toronto, where they have historically had limited electoral success, compared to in the rest of the province. Recent polling shows that the NDP is competitive in five central Toronto ridings; one of the NDP candidates in these ridings is a woman.

In addition to stats on Toronto ridings, Elect Women Ontario’s Tumblr contains information on the percentage of female candidates across the province, as well as data from past elections and other provinces. At dissolution, female MPPs made up 29% of the 40th Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Elect Women Ontario is committed to achieving gender parity at Queen’s Park, and we at WiTOpoli share in their passion to see more women engaged in all levels of politics.

Women Candidates in the GTA