"The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women will be marking a Canadian Milestone this year, the Centennial Year of Women's Suffrage. It is a reminder of the progress Canadian women have made but also an opportunity to focus on the work that remains before us. According to our rankings in the recent World Economic Forum Reports, this work must include the participation of women in politics. Bill C-237, through its incentive formula and reduction of public subsidy, calls for gender balanced candidate lists. This allows Canada to align itself with peer countries like Portugal and France to promote equality in our democratic processes. As an 86 year old non-partisan organization, we are proud to support the Candidate Gender Equity Act."