British Journal of Canadian Studies

Women in the 2005–2006 Canadian Election: Keeping the Volume Down on Women's Political Voices

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2008), 21, (2), 171–194.

Abstract

The Canadian election campaign of 2005–2006 is of special interest for women because of the dominance of childcare policy in the debates between the parties. This paper examines the participation of women as candidates and the issue content of the campaign. From either a descriptive or a substantive viewpoint, women were a marginal force in this election. Their presence was only seen in the last-minute efforts by the Liberal Party to mobilise a more socially progressive constituency. If we consider political citizenship to be based on concepts of formal equality, recognition and inclusion, then there is a significant problem for women's access to power and their ability to shape the distribution of economic and social power, that is, their access to full citizenship.

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