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Quebec reaches 'parity zone' of 40 per cent female candidates: Elections Quebec

Last Updated Sep 16, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT

MONTREAL – The percentage of women seeking office in Quebec’s fall election has jumped to 40 per cent, the highest in the province’s history.

With registration now closed, Elections Quebec says it’s the first time the province has reached the “parity zone” when it comes to gender representation.

Quebec solidaire boasts the most female candidates with 66, while the Coalition Avenir Quebec leads the three major parties with 65 women compared to 60 men.

The Quebec Liberal Party, the Coalition, the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire will all be running a full slate of 125 candidates.

Other contenders include the Conservative party of Quebec with 101 candidates, the greens with 97, and the Quebec NDP with 59.

There will be a total of 940 candidates on the ballot on Oct 1., compared to 814 four years ago.