â€œItâ€™s shameful for the Liberals to shut down this initiative, when only 26% of MPs in the House of Commons are women,â€� said Stewart. â€œThey have to do more than just call themselves feminists.â€�
Bill C-237, the Candidate Gender Equity Act, would have forced political parties to run a larger proportion of female candidates or face reductions in their election refunds which are subsidized by the taxpayer.
â€œCanada ranks 64th in the world on gender equity in politics, placing us behind countries like Iraq and Afghanistan,â€� said Stewart. â€œIâ€™m shocked so many Liberals opposed my bill.â€�
In all 126 Liberal MPs, including the entire cabinet, joined with the Conservatives in defeating Stewartâ€™s bill. The vote came a day after the anniversary of Persons Day, when the legal definition of person was expanded to include women in 1929.
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