Friday, May 12, 2017

New Brunswick looks to increase number of female candidates but no plans for visible minorities - GLOBAL NEWS

by Jeremy Keefe
Originally published: May 11, 2017

The provincial government has recently committed to providing incentives to political parties who help increase the number of female candidates in an effort to diversify the legislative assembly, however visible minorities remain unrepresented with no immediate plans for a similar initiative.

Eight of the 49 seats in the New Brunswick legislature are occupied by women, a ratio the government would like to see changed.

“We’ve been very keen as a government to do everything we can to advance women’s equality here in our province,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “One of the ways to do that is to have more women involved in the political process and hopefully sitting in the legislature in Fredericton.”