UMQ test, published june 21 2017
Quebec, June 21 2017 – Citizens from municipalities across Quebec are invited to run for office in the upcoming municipal elections. A promotional campaign to this effect was launched today in all regions with the aim of encouraging people to present themselves as candidates in the elections due to take place November 5, 2017.
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the region of Montréal, Martin Coiteux, along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Status of Women, Lise Thériault, marked the launch of this campaign today.
The Quebec government encourages citizens from all age groups, all regions and all cultural communities to run for office in order to represent the diversity of the province. As well, Caroline St-Hilaire, the current mayor of Longueuil, has been given a mandate to further encourage women to get involved in municipal politics.
The period for filing nomination papers begins September 22, 2017 and ends October 6, 2017. Elections will take place on November 5 in more than 1,100 municipalities with over 8,000 positions to be filled.
Information sessions will be offered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy (MAMOT) throughout the regions of Quebec, to talk about the role of elected officials, eligibility requirements and how to put your name forward for election. Dates for these sessions will be posted on the municipal elections website.
Election 2017: It takes Women like You!
Resources are provided to convince women to take the leap into municipal politics and/or to encourage other women in their community to do so. Information sessions will take place throughout Quebec, some being part of the “Elections 2017: It takes Women like You!” campaign initiated by the UMQ (see their website for details).
More and more women are running for office and getting elected. Compared to the 2009 elections, there was a 12.4% increase in female candidates and an 8.7% increase in the number elected in 2013. The number of female mayors is 17.3% of elected officials and female councillors make up 33% of the total.
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