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Coalition Congratulates Natalie Jameson on District 9 WinDistrict 9 Deferred Election
Jul 16 2019
The Coalition for Women in Government congratulates Natalie Jameson on her win in the District 9 deferred election yesterday.
Percentage of Women in PEI Cabinet Lowest in CanadaCabinet Data
May 10 2019
Following Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony for PEI’s Premier and Executive Council, the Coalition for Women in Government can confirm that PEI ranks last in Canada regarding gender representation in cabinet.
Percentage of Women in PEI Legislature Increases SlightlyMedia Release
Apr 24 2019
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is pleased that the Legislature will see an increase in the number of women elected. Six of twenty-six (23%) MLAs declared elected in yesterday’s race are women, an increase from 18.5% in 2015.
MMP: An opportunity to increase women’s participation in governmentOp-ed for the Guardian
Apr 23 2019
Over the past 15 years, the Coalition has consistently advocated for a proportional electoral system, not because it benefits or disadvantages some parties over others, but because research shows that it tends to elect more women.
One-third of Party Candidates are Women Media Release
Apr 12 2019
Nominations for the 2015 provincial election are now closed and the PEI Coalition for Women in Government has confirmed that both the number and percentage of women candidates has increased over 2015 totals.
Name Recognition MattersLetter to the Editor
Apr 12 2019
Name recognition can be a challenge for women running in politics, particularly when they are running against an incumbent, who has had four or more years to become a household name in their district.

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PEI in 2019

  • 0% of MPs in PEI are women
  • 26% of MLAs are women
  • 25% of PEI Senators are women
  • 32% of municipal councillors are women
  • 50% of Lennox Island Band Council members are women (no women are currently members of Abegweit First Nations Band Council)


How Does PEI Compare?

Percentage of women in provincial, territorial and national legislatures (2019):

Rank Jurisdiction % of Women in Legislature
1 Ontario  39.5%
2 British Columbia 39%
3 Yukon 37%
4 Nova Scotia  33.3%
5 Quebec  30.4%
6 Alberta  30%
7 Saskatchewan 26.2%
  CANADA 26%
8 Prince Edward Island  26%
9 Manitoba 24.5%
10 Newfoundland and Labrador  22.5%
11 New Brunswick 22%
12 Northwest Territories 10.5%
13 Nunavut 9%
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