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Diversity in political representation – The Western Star

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 201918 Views

The night Jaime Battiste won the Liberal nomination for the riding of Sydney-Victoria was the day Nova Scotia took one step closer to finally having an Indigenous MP.

The Eskasoni First Nation man, a Dalhousie law graduate and former Cape Breton University professor, acknowledged “the goal… is to make history in October” to a crowd of people the night he won.

That would leave Prince Edward Island as the only province who hasn’t had an Indigenous person elected as MP and would bring the national total of Indigenous people who’ve served at MPs to 40.

As more Indigenous people are getting involved in federal and provincial politics, it also seems engagement is increasing within their communities. According to Elections Canada’s website, voter turnout for registered electors living on reserves was 61.5 per cent in 2015 – a 14 per cent increase from 2011.

Read More: https://www.thewesternstar.com/news/now-atlantic/diversity-in-political-representation-360985/

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