moved for leave to introduce Bill C-290, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act (reimbursement of election expenses).
Mr. Speaker, it is with considerable pleasure that I table this bill today. It amends the Canada Elections Act to give a registered party a partial reimbursement of its election expenses when at least 30% of the elected candidates sponsored by the party are women.
I think that we must establish specific measures starting now and this is why I am proud to table this bill. This bill is a major step by the world of politics in connection with the presence of women in politics. I would remind my colleagues that women represent 52% of the population. Now is the time to act.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)