A record 98 women elected to Canada's 43rd Parliament, but equality advocates say that's not good enough

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      When newly elected and reelected MPs convene in Ottawa to form Canada’s 43rd Parliament, there are going to be more women filling the seats of the House of Commons than ever before.

      But there still won’t be as many women in Ottawa as there should be, equality advocates were quick to point out in the hours after Canada’s 2019 federal election (October 21).

      “While there is room for celebration, we still fell just short of the 30 percent goal we set,” Eleanor Fast, executive director of Equal Voice, said, quoted in a media release. “Change in Canada has been slow and incremental—a trend that continued in this election.”

      While results in a couple of ridings remain too close to call and another couple might be subject to recounts, it looks like Canada’s newly elected Parliament will consist of 98 women, accounting for 29 percent of the House.

      That’s up from 88 female MPs, who constituted 26 percent of those elected in the 2015 election.

      “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,” Fast said. “We are nonetheless encouraged to see these gains.”

      According to preliminary results compiled by Equal Voices, the Liberals will have 52 women sitting in Parliament (33 percent of their MPs), the Conservatives will have 22 (18 percent of their MPs), the Bloc Québécois will have 12 (37.5 percent of their MPs), the NDP will have nine (37.5 percent of their MPs), and the Greens will have two (66.7 percent of their MPs). There’s also former Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould, who last night was reelected as an independent.

      The provinces with the most women elected in 2019 are Ontario with 38 (31.4 percent of ridings), Quebec with 26 (33.3 percent of ridings), and B.C. with 14 (33.3 percent of ridings). The fourth province with a sizable chunk of Parliament, Alberta, only saw six women elected, representing 17.6 percent of its federal ridings.