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Overview of Parties

In 2004, there were 12 registered parties participating in the federal general election, four of which are represented in the House of Commons:

  • The Liberal Party of Canada
  • The Conservative Party of Canada
  • The Block Québécois
  • The New Democratic Party
This table displays the statistics on women candidates in each of the 12 registered parties in the 2004 federal election; it was compiled by Andrew Heard, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Simon Fraser University. See More on this Issue under 'Statistics' for the link to his site.


CANDIDATES BY SEX AND PARTY IN 2004 FEDERAL ELECTION
NOTE: This table was revised and verified on October 9, 2004.


PartyWomenMenTotal% Women
  Bloc18577524.0
  Canadian Action12334526.7
  Christian Heritage15476224.2
  Communist11243531.4
  Conservative3627230811.7
  Green7823030825.3
  Liberal7523330824.3
  Libertarian26825.0
  Marijuana9627112.7
  Marxist-Leninist28487636.8
  NDP9621230831.2
  Progressive Canadian2141612.5
  Independents9566513.8
  TOTAL3911,2941,68523.2


The following table provides the current representation of women by party affiliation in the House of Commons based on information provided by the Library of Parliament, updated May 24, 2005.



Political Party # of Seats# of Women% of Women
Liberal1333425.1%
Bloc Québécois541425.9%
Conservative981111.1%
New Democratic Party19526.3%
Independent31N/A
Vacant1 
Total3086521.1%


You can find a wide range of information on registered and non registered parties on the site of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada referred to in 'More on this Issue'. In browsing through that site, you will get a better idea of the range of political party activities at the federal level.



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