The people have spoken and the seats have been assigned! The 43rd election has come to a close with a Liberal minority but what I’m wondering is…how are we looking in terms of representation in the House of Commons?
Here are some of the key numbers to consider:
- The gender breakdown of elected candidates is roughly 70% men and 30% women
- The majority of winning candidates are between 35-64 years old
- That said, we’re seeing many younger candidates who’ve won as well – 27 of the winning candidates are under 34
- 40 candidates are over 65 years old
- Four elected candidates identified as LGBTQ
- 26% of winning candidates are rookies – that is down from about 58% in the last election
- 56 elected candidates are racialized
- 10 of the 62 Indigenous candidates who ran were elected
- One of these candidates is Jodi Wilson-Raybould who opted to run independently in her riding of Vancouver Granville after being kicked out of the Liberal caucus following the SNC Lavalin affair.
With all of that said, do you think this is a good representation of our country? -Jill Kennedy