New Parliament Younger, More Diverse: Study

New MPs

By Mark Kennedy, The National Post, 30 June 2011

Remember the days when the Canadian House of Commons was filled with aging white men who had law degrees? Well, the times they are a-changing.

A new study released Thursday shows that the Parliament elected by Canadian voters on May 2 produced a much more diverse crop of MPs.

According to the statistical breakdown by the Public Policy Forum, the 41st Parliament of 308 MPs is: younger (less than 50 years old); has more females (76 female MPs, the largest number in Canadian history); and is more diverse (almost 10% of MPs are members of visible minorities). (...)


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