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New Brunswick elects 3 women to House of Commons

New Brunswick elected three women to the House of Commons in Monday night's federal election for the first time since 1997.

Canadians elected 88 women in the House of Commons, up from 76 in 2011

New Brunswick elected three female MPs in Monday's election, Liberal Alaina Lockhart in Fundy Royal, Liberal Ginette Petitpas Taylor in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Liberal Karen Ludwig in New Brunswick Southwest.

New Brunswick elected three women to the House of Commons in Monday night's federal election for the first time since 1997.

Heading into Monday's vote, there were 15 women — or 36.5 per cent — out of 41 total New Brunswick candidates on the ballot.

Karen Ludwig of New Brunswick Southwest was the first woman ever to win in her riding with 43.9 per cent of the vote.

Ludwig defeated Conservative incumbent John Williamson by more than 2,000 votes.

"Not only is that historic it's such a path to be able to carve … not only a path for women, but for anyone … I'm so
Petitpas Taylor won her seat with 57.8 per cent of the vote. (Jennifer Choi/CBC)
incredibly proud," said Ludwig in an interview with Information Morning Saint John.

Ludwig said she plans on revisiting the issue of rural healthcare in her riding, as well as the allocation of infrastructure funding.

"They wanted real change, and not only did they get a Liberal, they got a woman," she said.

Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe also elected a woman for the first time since 2006, when former MP Claudette Bradshaw retired from politics.

Liberal Ginette Petitpas Taylor won her seat with 57.8 per cent over Conservative candidate Robert Goguen by more than 18,000 votes.

"If we want to develop good public policy it's truly important to have more women," she said

Liberal Karen Ludwig defeated Conservative John Williamson in New Brunswick Southwest by more than 2,000 votes.
Similarly, Liberal Alaina Lockhart was the first woman to be elected since 1917 to win her riding of Fundy Royal.

Lockhart unseated Conservative candidate Rob Moore by more than 1,600 votes.

"Being a woman and entering into this realm of politics is challenging. It's an opportunity to open the doors for other women, to show that hope and hard work, it works," she said.

Lockhart is the first woman to be elected in Fundy Royal since 1917. (Alaina Lockhart/Twitter)
Lockhart said she plans on securing jobs in her riding, ensuring youth won't have to leave their homes.

"I will work on building a future where our children don't have to decide between prosperity and living in the place that they love," she said.

In total, 88 women were elected during last night's election, up from 76 in 2011.

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