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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Aboriginal Candidates

An Aboriginal Who’s Who of Canada’s 2011 Federal Election
By Tim Fontaine, on April 7, 2011

It’s federal election time in Canada and across the country campaigns are in full swing. Whether you choose to vote or not, here’s a quick look at Aboriginal involvement in the 41st federal election, and information about some interesting ridings to watch.

Conservative Party of Canada (CPC):
Green Party of Canada (GPC)
Liberal Party of Canada (LPC):
New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP):
Some highlights from the Liberal platform (by far the most comprehensive). If elected, the Party says they will:
  • Lift the much maligned 2% cap on FN post-secondary education funding (which they imposed in 1996)
  • Invest (by their second year) an additional $300 million in First Nation K-12 education
  • Re-fund the embattled First Nations University of Canada (FNUC)
  • $5 million/year for a Canada Metis Scholarship
  • Create a national task force examining missing and murdered Aboriginal women
Read the full platform.
Aboriginal people are mentioned twice in the Green platform. If elected, the Party says they will:
  • Increase funding to $800 million/year for First Nations education, safe drinking water and improved housing
  • Ensure Canada moves forward in implementing the spirit of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Read the full platform.
Both the NDP and CPC platforms are being either gradually released, or not released until later. We’ll show you highlights from those as they are made available.
Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River is the only riding with all Aboriginal candidates; George Morin (GPC), Lawrence Joseph (NDP), Gabe LaFond (LPC) and the incumbent Rob Clarke (CPC).
Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou has two Aboriginal candidates; Romeo Saganash (NDP) and Johnny Kasudluak (GPC)
Labrador has three Aboriginal candidates; Peter Penashue (CPC), George Barrett (GPC) and the incumbent Todd Russell (LPC).
In the Churchill riding, two Aboriginal candidates – Sydney Garrioch (LPC), Alberteen Spence (GPC) – are attempting to unseat NDP’s Niki Ashton (non-Aboriginal).
Nunavut has two Inuit candidates; incumbent Leona Aglukkaq (CPC) and former premier (the first) Paul Okalik (LPC).
Vancouver Island North – Home riding of the latest Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs John Duncan (mentioned in Rick’s post).

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