Liberals being urged to fill all 22 Senate vacancies with women

December 22, 2015 6:12 pm

More than 80 prominent Canadian women are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to seize a “historic opportunity” to build a Senate with an equal number of men and women.


A letter signed by a broad group of former politicians, academics, businesswomen and other professionals notes that of the 83 sitting Senators, only 30 are women. The letter urges Trudeau to fill all 22 current vacancies with women.


“To achieve gender equality as soon as possible, the 22 current vacancies should be filled by women from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous women, women from minority linguistic, racial and ethnic communities, and others, consistent with the Senate’s role in minority representation,” the letter reads.


“This would achieve the result of a Senate that is 50 percent female and more representative of Canada. This is an historic opportunity. Future appointees would include both women and men in equal numbers.”


Signatories include former prime minister Kim Campbell, former Ontario attorney-general Marion Boyd, Pam Palmater, the chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, and former deputy prime minister Sheila Copps.


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Source: CBC News