Efforts to bolster representation as Canadian politics lacks Black voices

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As talk of a potential federal election grows and a Nova Scotia election already underway, questions still linger on the lacking presence of Black-Canadians in the Canada’s politics.

Despite making up 3.5 per cent of the country, Black-Canadians still face barriers in voting rights and holding public office.

That problem is still being reflected in Parliament today, as Black-Canadians only make up barely 2 per cent of the Senate and House of Commons.

Global’s Ross Lord reports on the consequences a lack of representation brings to election engagement and the efforts to bring change that in Nova Scotia

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Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.

Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.

As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.

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