Parity x Party – 2019 Federal Election

See how parties are stacking up in the 2019 Federal election. 

ParityYEG has put together dashboards to track nominated candidates in the 2019 federal election. Each dashboard tracks the number of men and women running in the four major political parties. We’ve also included the percentage of women candidates running by province. These results (shown below) show there is more work to be done by parties and party leaders to achieve parity in parliament.

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A September 4, 2019 article by Valerie Ouellet and Nael Shiab from the CBC discusses the persistent under-representation of women in federal politics. This election, the four major political parties each made strides to recruit women candidates – women now represent a record high of 40 percent of candidates. However, systemic issues that perpetuate the gender gap remain, ranging from short candidate recruitment periods, the number of days MPs are required to spend in Ottawa (and away from their families), lack of diverse candidate recruitment by party leaders, and the fact that there are four times as many men running in stronghold constituencies than women, which have a higher chance of a candidate winning in this riding than others.

National average chart

In Edmonton, the NDP and the Green Party each nominated more women candidates than men, both having 5 women running for office. The Liberal Party nominated 3 women candidates. Surprisingly, there are no women from the Conservative Party running for office in any of the federal ridings within the city.

Provincially, the Green Party nominated more women candidates than men – the Party nominated 22 women candidates in the province. Meanwhile, the NDP nominated 16 women candidates, and the Liberal Party nominated 15 women candidates. The Conservative Party nominated only 5 women candidates.

Nationally, gender parity among the federal election candidates across the four major political parties is still yet to be achieved. The NDP came closest, with 166 women candidates. Next is the Green Party, with 163 women candidates. The gender gap widens among the two remaining parties: the Liberal Party has 133 women candidates and the Conservative Party has the least number of women candidates, with only 107 running across Canada.

In 2019, a record high of 92 women were serving in Parliament. Nonetheless, at 27 percent this is still a far cry from achieving gender parity in politics. We hope that women will beat this record with the results of this upcoming election and that the number of women participating in federal politics continues to increase in the future.

We’ve done our very best to verify our data and seek clarification when possible. If these results are not accurate, please contact us at

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