OTTAWA – Kennedy Stewart (MP for Burnaby South) announced today that over 15 leading academics have endorsed his private member’s bill aimed at bringing gender parity to Parliament.

 “Despite electing a record number of 88 female MPs in 2015, women still hold only 26% of the seats in the House of Commons, ” said Stewart, an Associate Professor on-leave from Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy. “My Bill C-237 aims to help fix that, and I couldn’t be prouder that we’re now receiving the support of distinguished political scientists and women’s scholars from across Canada.”

Bill C-237 proposes to incentivize political parties to run more women candidates and ensure gender parity in their nominations. It will receive its first hour of debate in the House of Commons on May 10th.


 Endorsement Quotes:

 “Bill C-237 promises to re-energize the debate over how Parliament can more closely resemble Canada's population. Providing parties with direct incentives to run more women candidates offers one route toward improving democratic representation in the House of Commons.”

Sylvia Bashevkin, FRSC, Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto


“Bill C-237 is an important initiative to spur political parties to act on behalf of greater gender parity in the House of Commons. Canada has a poor record on gender representation, something that only has improved in other countries when measures to ensure equality were put into practice.”

Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Chair, Women’s Studies Department, Simon Fraser University


“The biggest barrier to women’s representation in legislatures is party recruitment and nomination practices. Research shows, time and time again, that when women run, they win. As such, legislation that encourages parties to recruit more candidates from diverse backgrounds is highly desirable.”

Amanda Bittner, Associate Professor, Political Science, Memorial University


For more information, please visit: www.EqualSeatsforWomen.ca