Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 18, 2007 17:45 ET

NDP Fielding Record Number of Women Candidates

Diverse group of candidates representing NDP in 107 ridings

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2007) - Diane O'Reggio, NDP Campaign Co-Chair, announced today that the NDP has officially nominated candidates in all 107 ridings. The NDP's diverse slate of candidates includes 42 women - the most of any major political party.

"We are fielding our strongest and most diverse slate of candidates ever to represent today's working families," said O' Reggio.

"In 2007, women still don't have an equal voice in making decisions for our society - only 1 in 4 of Ontario's MPPs are women. We're confident that number will change on October 10," said O'Reggio. "The NDP is not only committed to supporting women and getting them nominated, we're committed to getting them elected."

Howard Hampton's team of candidates brings a wealth of experience from a broad range of career and educational backgrounds - including farmers, small business owners, mill workers, artists, health care workers, university professors, clergy, radio personalities, autoworkers, teachers, lawyers, social workers, corrections officer, and an environmental systems engineer.

Sixty-three of the 107 candidates represent affirmative action groups. The NDP is the only party with formal guidelines in place to encourage the participation of women and candidates from groups under-represented in our political system.

"Today's working families will only be truly represented when we have MPPs that reflect the full diversity of experience of our province. The strong slate of NDP candidates in this campaign will bring us closer to that goal," said O'Reggio.

Contact Information

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    Jon Weier
    (416) 591-5455 x290
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    Kaj Hasselriis
    (416) 591-5455 x271