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Status of Women committee  Yes, okay. How much money is spent in nomination races would be something that would be considered important.

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe

Status of Women committee  Yes. On financial incentives, I suppose that if parties don't select a certain per cent of women candidates or candidates from other politically marginalized groups as well, you could have a threshold of 10%, or some wiggle room, so that if they don't select a certain per cent, t

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe

Status of Women committee  Yes, you could do it like that. There are different iterations of this. Quite a few countries do use financial incentivization now. The two most recent ones would be Ireland and France, Ireland most recently. It's had some success. Bill C-237 was modelled after France's and Ire

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe

Status of Women committee  I think the focus is on incentivizing political parties. It's just recognizing the key role that political parties play in the recruitment and the selection process. If parties are made aware that if they don't elect a certain percentage of women or other politically marginalized

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe

Status of Women committee  I would say that PR systems are more likely to lead to an increase in women's representation, but typically when they're supported by quotas and there is some kind of quota in place, they kind of go hand in hand. Also, it always comes down to the will of the party. There are coun

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe

Status of Women committee  We use the same electoral system as the U.K. The British Labour Party uses all-women short lists. It's permissive legislation, so all parties are allowed to use this kind of party quota. Now up to 50% of the party's target seats or safe seats are set aside for women. The first ti

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe

Status of Women committee  Yes. I did a study a few years ago in the U.K. I got access to three general elections' worth of party census data on everybody who sought to be a candidate for the British Labour Party. I also got some data from the Conservative Party and from the Lib Dems as well. This included

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe

Status of Women committee  Thank you for inviting me here today. My academic specialty is political recruitment, and I publish and advise parties on how to increase women's representation in legislatures. Today I'd like to make three key points about the barriers facing women in politics. First, I'll tal

June 12th, 2018Committee meeting

Jeanette Ashe