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Ottawa, Jun 9 (Canadian-Media): Canada's provincial and federal parties leadership has failed to reflect the gender and racial diversity of the wider population due to these political parties' being led mostly by white men, media reports said.
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According to studies, women and people of color are being prevented from getting involved in politics due to their facing many systemic obstacles and prejudices that white male candidates don't face,
An analysis of data from the last few decades revealed that of the 175 leaders of provincial or federal parties since 1990, only 18 percent of these leaders were women and just eight percent represented by people of color.
Back in 2013, six provincial premiers and one territorial premier were women.
Between 1990 and 1994, about 23 percent of party leaders were women.
However, between 2005 and 2009, women constituted just over one-third of party leadership races.
From 2010 this share decreased again and since 2015, women represent just only one in ten newly-named party leadership.
Non-white Canadians represent about 11 percent of the current party leaders including a handful of interim leaders.
Only 16 percent of current provincial or federal party leaders are represented by women, but none of them is in a position of power right now.
Only 29 percent of Members of Parliament (MPs) are women and people of color represent about 18 percent.
Nevertheless, right now there is evidence of some diversity in the leadership races being held across the country.
The federal Green Party leadership is very diverse, women leaders represent both declared candidates for the B.C. Green leadership.