Women’s groups urge Ottawa to adopt proportional representation
Women represent only 26 per cent of MPs in the House of Commons – a statistic many influential women’s groups say has to change

Influential women’s groups from Quebec to British Columbia have joined forces to push the Liberal government to adopt proportional representation, wanting to ensure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s declarations that he is a feminist and committed to gender equality are not just empty promises.

Proportional representation is considered by some experts to be the best way to increase the number of women and other minorities in the House of Commons – women represent only 26 per cent of the MPs in the chamber.

“We definitely want any reform that will increase our ability to affect who is being [elected] and to make sure we choose people who will actually promote women’s rights and other oppressed groups’ rights,” said Hilla Kerner, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

Ms. Kerner’s shelter has joined the Every Voter Counts Alliance, which was formed in February, to push for proportional representation. Alliance members include representatives from the Broadbent Institute, the Canadian Labour Congress, unions, the Idle No More indigenous rights group and even former privy council clerk Alex Himelfarb and former Stephen Harper chief of staff Guy Giorno.

On Wednesday, the Alliance announced the inclusion of new women’s groups, including Ms. Kerner’s shelter as well as the National Council of Women of Canada, the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses and several women’s groups in Quebec.

Mr. Trudeau promised during last year’s federal election campaign it would be the last one fought under the first-past-the-post vote-counting system. Many Canadians have long argued the system is unfair. For example, both Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau’s majority governments were elected with less than 40 per cent of the vote.

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Royal Society of Canada, academics, call Site C dam a test for Trudeau Liberals
...that "project approval goes against the Canadian government emphasis on evidence-based decision-making and how it must shape and inform government action."

The Royal Society of Canada is joining some 250 academics in calling on the Liberal government to stop development on British Columbia’s Site C hydroelectric project.

The massive dam on the Peace River is considered a signature project for B.C. Premier Christy Clark and construction has already begun after an expedited federal-provincial environmental review.

However scientists argue that its environment impacts, coupled with the lack of First Nations consultation and approval, make the dam a “bellwether” of the Trudeau government’s commitment to develop resources in a more science-based, sustainable and socially responsible way.

Gordon Christie, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, says the outstanding treaty claims alone on the region to be flooded by Site C mean the project must be paused.

And Karen Bakker, Canada research chair in water governance at UBC, says this single hydroelectric dam accounts for more than 40 per cent of all the environment effects ever cited during environmental assessments dating back to 1990 — all for a project Bakker says is of questionable utility.

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