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The Star — Voter turnout up by 270 percent in some aboriginal communities

 
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde after casting his vote in the 2015 federal election in Ottawa. The turnout of aboriginal voters was so high that some communities ran out of ballots.  (PATRICK DOYLE / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde after casting his vote in the 2015 federal election in Ottawa. The turnout of aboriginal voters was so high that some communities ran out of ballots.  (PATRICK DOYLE / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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A record 10 aboriginal MPs were elected when the Liberals swept to power Monday, ending the Conservative rule of almost a decade. In Kenora, Conservative Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford went down in defeat.

Although Elections Canada has not calculated national aboriginal voter turnout yet, chiefs say the election “awoke a sleeping giant” among a usually quiet electorate. When some polling stations ran out of ballots, Cameron said no one walked away in disgust. They just waited until another batch was brought in.

Leah Gazan, a First Nations activist and education instructor at the University of Winnipeg, said the turnout was a direct reaction to the divisive tactics of the Harper government. Bringing in Bill C-51 — which many felt criminalized First Nations activists — and cutting funding for aboriginal organizations while weakening environmental protection only strengthened the resolve of First Nations voters, she said.

 
 

Source

Puxley, C. (2015, October 25). Voter turnout up by 270 per cent in some aboriginal communities. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/2015/10/25/voter-turnout-up-by-270-per-cent-in-some-aboriginal-communities.html

 
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