Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Number of Women and Men Elected in the CRD

The CCPA report of the best city in Canada for women said it was the CRD and noted that Victoria council had five women out of nine on the City of Victoria council but missed out that the main municipality in the CRD only has three women out of nine positions.   This made me think about how many women are elected in this region

Here is a list of men and women elected in this region:

Postion   Women  Men
MPs         2     1.5 (one MP is only partly in the CRD)
MLAs        3     4
Mayors      5     8
Councilors 37    42
TOTAL      47    55.5
           45.9% 54.1%

For MP and MLA this measure is fine but there is a significant difference between being a mayor or councilor in Saanich than in the Highlands.  I went through and pro rated the councils based on population, the result was not dramatically different.

The biggest gap between elected men and women is among mayors where it is eight men to five women.
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