Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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National Audio 6:15 PM ET

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NAT143 - (NB-Women-Politics) FREDERICTON x-11s. In what is thought to be a Canadian first, the New Brunswick government is planning to give political parties a financial incentive to field more women as candidates in provincial elections. The move is being applauded by Beth Lyons of the New Brunswick Women's Council. ("..for us.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Political parties receive public funding based on the proportion of votes they get in each election. Under the change in New Brunswick, votes received by women will be weighed at 1.5 times more than those received by men. Premier Brian Gallant says the parties can be an obstacle to women, and he hopes the extra funding provides an incentive to have more women nominated. …

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