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e-613 (Electoral system)

Initiated by Myrtle Green from Oakville, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • More than half of the population of Canada is female, but only 26% of its representatives in the House of Commons are female;
  • A record number of female MPs have been elected but as it has in the past, that number will ebb and flow; and
  • A better representation of women in the House of Commons would guarantee that at all times the voters of our country would have the benefit of both female and male perspectives on the issues facing our nation.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to reform the electoral laws of Canada to guarantee that half of all MPs elected to the House of Commons will be female, reflecting the proportional make up of our population. This reform should (i) reduce our 338 constituencies by half to 169 ridings but require there be two seats in each riding one for a female MP and one for a male MP, (ii) require each political party to put forward a male and female candidate to run for male and female seats for each riding, (iii) ensure that independents could also enter to run for the gender seat they identify with, (iv) establish a system in which constituents would vote for one male and one female representative for their riding.
Open for signature
October 19, 2016, at 11:34 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 16, 2017, at 11:34 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Pam Damoff
Oakville North—Burlington
Liberal Caucus
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