The Canadian Political Sphere And The Representation Of Public Office

2225 WordsMar 11, 20169 Pages
Over the years, political power in Canada has been held by older men of Anglo-Celtic or Francophone heritage, rather than by females or members of Canada 's ethnic groups. In fact, the Canadian political sphere is considered a vertical mosaic because different ethnicities, languages, regional groupings, and religious groupings hold unequal status and power. Indeed, the representations of women and minority groups has been unproportioned with respect to their population. Therefore, when there are absences from the decision making process in representation of these aforementioned groups, there is a big concern in respect to the legitimacy of the political system. In fact, a third of Canadians express disappointment in respect to the way…show more content…
3 In May of 2011, a federal election took place for Canadian Parliament. Seven MP 's of Metis, Inuit and First Nations were elected, with four being successful in a later re-election bid. Three of these people were elected into the House of Commons, which was an incredible achievement for Canada 's aboriginals. Romeo Saganash (First Nation Cree of Waswanipi), Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Band), Rob Clarke (First Nation Muskeg Lake), Peter Panashue (First Nation Sheshatshiu Innu), Shelly Glover (Metis), Rod Bruinooge (Metis, and Leona Aglukkaq (Inuit origin) were the seven elected into the House of Commons (Grenier, 2013). However, even though this election was a first time achievement for aboriginals in Canada, and was a step in the proper direction, there are still multiple ways the federal government could improve the quality of life for these people. According to Canada 's census in 2006, there were 1.2 million aboriginals living in Canada, but only 2.3% were had seats within the House of Commons. All the while, aboriginals represented 3.8% of the population. Representation for aboriginal issues, however, cannot solve the issues that they are facing, even though non-aboriginal MPs are quite capable of defending their interests in the House of Commons
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