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Less white, less old, less male


Alison Loat considers the 41st Parliament’s diversity.

Furthermore, Canadians also elected a higher number of women and visible minorities than in the previous Parliament. There are 76 female MPs — the most in history — meaning women are roughly a quarter of Parliament. Much of this is thanks to the NDP, whose caucus is 39 per cent female (the Liberals is 18 per cent and the Conservatives’ 17 per cent).

This Parliament is also home to a record number of visible minority MPs, with 29 or just over 9 per cent of Parliament. Again, the NDP is behind this increase, with nearly double the number of visible minority MPs than the other two national parties.


Less white, less old, less male

  1. More reflective of the Canadian reality.

  2. Ms Loat is astonishingly superficial. What about specific ethnicities. 

    I can assure Ms Loat that Korean people don’t think they are being that represented when it is Chinese MP. People see themselves as individuals, not part of collective of visible ethnic group.

    And why no thought about religion, if we are going to have representative Parliament, why doesn’t Loat consider religious make up of Parliament? 

    If we are going to have Parliament look like Canada, we need more Chinese, Natives, Ukrainians, Filipino …..  

    All Loat seems to care about is that they aren’t white males and gives no thought to real diversity. 


    “Provincially, the picture is even more interesting, and occasionally counters what one might expect”

    And Ms Loat is either ignorant herself or assumes her readers are ignorant because  only left wing types are surprised that Alberta has more real diversity and not fake, manufactured diversity like Ontario.

  3. I don’t elect an MP to represent my ethnicity, my age, my language, or my genital organs.

    I elect an MP to represent my *riding*.

    • That’s a good point.  My MP happens to be a white guy like me, though I considered voting for the LPC candidate who I think is of East African decsent. My MLA is a women of Japanese heritage.  I can’t imagine people go out of their way to vote for someone based on their gender or ethnic background.

      I suppose the point of these articles is that women and ‘ethnic’ Canadians are running for office in larger numbers, and subsequently elected.

  4. What? No statistics on sexual orientation? Lefties vs Righties? Is there a handicapped lesbian visible minority MP that we can hold up as a perfect example of what a diverse and accepting country we are? What bigotry!

  5. Thank you for the comments everyone. This is part of a much wider series exploring the make-up of our 41st Parliament.  The objective is to illuminate various aspects of those who represent us.  For some, geography is all that matters (as Leroy comments below).  Some care about party, others the MP’s personal experiences. Other voters like to support people who they perceive to be like them.  For many more, it’s a combination.

    The post is the collective and ongoing effort of a number of volunteers, as well as people on the Samara team, and can be found here.  We do rely on publicly available information, so unfortunately aren’t able to capture every aspect of the MPs’ backgrounds, but hopefully it helps some people better understand the men and women who, collectively, represent us in Ottawa.