Researchers compiled data from nearly 4,000 candidates in the last federal elections. (Archive photo)
We learn that some 63 percent of people who fall into these categories ran in a county where their party lost by more than 15 percentage points. However, Luc Turgeon does not believe that the problem lies with voters who would not want a woman or a minority as a candidate.
Voters themselves are no less likely to vote for a woman or a person from a minority group. The problem is in terms of the structures, the institutions in place where, clearly, there is a problem. Mechanisms make it difficult for these people to have a chance of winning, reasons the researcher.
Luc Turgeon affirms that progress in this area will be made very, very slowly if nothing is done to reverse the trend. At the same time, he says he is aware of the delicate nature of imposing measures that could resemble quotas.
Often, this creates controversy . […] Often, people don't like this idea that we are going to impose, at the local level, a candidate or a person from a minority, says the researcher.
However, he cites the example of the New Democratic Party (NDP), which has chosen to require a female or minority candidate when a member of the party leaves or retires.
In fact, if we do not put in place slightly more restrictive measures, it will take much longer to achieve a certain parity, concludes the researcher.