Are the parties fielding enough female candidates for the upcoming election?
September 18, 2007 | 12:10 PM
Candidate nominations closed on Sept. 18 for the Ontario election, with 597 hopefuls vying for the province's 107 seats on Oct. 10. About 25 per cent of those candidates are women.
The three main parties are fielding a total of 104 female candidates. The advocacy group Equal Voice found that the main parties have nominated 22 per cent more women this year than they did in 2003.
The NDP leads the pack for female candidates with 42, while the Liberals have 38 and the Conservatives 24.
Both the NDP's Howard Hampton and the Liberal's Dalton McGuinty say they are satisfied with the number of women running for their parties, while PC Leader John Tory says his party still has more work to do in this regard.
Watch Katrina Roman report on female candidates (Runs 2:31).
Do you think the parties are fielding enough female candidates? Are there barriers to women entering politics? If so, what are they and how can they be removed? Tell us your views.