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Labour Minister Lisa Raitt (FRED CHARTRAND/Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)
Labour Minister Lisa Raitt (FRED CHARTRAND/Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

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Women and politics: Minister Lisa Raitt and Nancy Peckford took your questions Add to ...

When it comes to the representation of women in its parliament, Canada lags behind Angola, Ecuador, Mozambique, Guyana and even Afghanistan.

In Rwanda, 56 per cent of the federal seats are held by women. By those standards, Canada's performance has been dismal.

Just 22 per cent of this country's federal politicians are women - a proportion that has remained all but unchanged through five elections.

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Canada's Labour Minister Lisa Raitt and Nancy Peckford, executive director at Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women in Canada, took questions in a live discussion moderated by senior Globe and Mail politics reporter Gloria Galloway.

Readers using mobile devices should read the discussion by following this link.





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