Percentage of Women in PEI Cabinet Lowest among Provinces

Media Release

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017, Charlottetown – Following today’s cabinet shuffle, PEI falls to last place among the ten Canadian provinces with regard to the number and percentage of women in cabinet.

The current cabinet includes two women among eleven cabinet positions (18%). “Yesterday’s announcement brings the percentage of women in cabinet down from 20% to 18%. Although this might seem like a small decrease, it places PEI last among the provinces in terms of women’s representation at cabinet tables.” says Dawn Wilson, Executive Director PEI Coalition for Women in Government. “Increased gender and diversity at decision-making tables is a vital component of equality and we are disappointed to see any decrease in the percentage of women in cabinet.” Wilson noted.

Wilson concludes “We encourage Premier MacLauchlan and members of cabinet to seek out meaningful consultation with women’s organizations to ensure gender perspectives are included in policy and programs.”

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For more information contact Dawn Wilson