screen_shot_2014-04-03_at_2.43.27_pm_1_thumb.png
screen_shot_2014-04-03_at_2.43.27_pm_1_thumb.png This article is more than 7 years old

Watch an aboriginal woman school a Conservative MP about his privilege

All the experts agree: if you eliminate the practice of vouching, hundreds of thousands of people will be disenfranchised. But not just anybody. It will disproportionately affect low-income Canadians, students and aboriginals. On Thursday, parliamentarians heard directly from First Nations leaders about why the voter suppression provisions in the Unfair Elections Act will disenfranchise aboriginal voters. Their […]

All the experts agree: if you eliminate the practice of vouching, hundreds of thousands of people will be disenfranchised.

But not just anybody. It will disproportionately affect low-income Canadians, students and aboriginals. On Thursday, parliamentarians heard directly from First Nations leaders about why the voter suppression provisions in the Unfair Elections Act will disenfranchise aboriginal voters.

Their testimony at a House of Commons committee studying the bill was bolstered by Sheila Fraser, Canada’s former Auditor General, who joined a string of former and current senior bureaucrats to criticize the bill as an attack on democracy.

But all of this was overshadowed by the performance at the parliamentary committee of Conservative MP Blake Richards. The Alberta MP took great pains to explain to two aboriginal women leaders how easy it is for people to get a proper piece of identification to vote, so the government is right to ban vouching and focus on educating people about where and how to vote.

Watch Richards get schooled about his privilege by Teresa Edwards, legal counsel at the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and Gladys Christiansen, director of human resources at the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.

 

 

Photo: YouTube

Help us protect Canadians by holding the powerful accountable.

Journalism is an important public service. That’s why PressProgress is prioritizing stories aimed at keeping Canadians safe and holding the powerful accountable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider supporting our award-winning non-profit news organization so we can keep making a positive impact for Canadians.

 

Support Our Journalism
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

thumb-2022-01-016 NEWS

Fraser Institute Fellow Tom Flanagan: News Stories About Residential School Graves are ‘Fake News’

Related Stories

NEWS

Workers at New Club Med in Québec Told They Must Hang Out With Guests Unpaid After Work

View the post
Video

Fraser Institute Fellow Tom Flanagan: News Stories About Residential School Graves are ‘Fake News’

View the post
Announcement

PressProgress Awarded 100% Perfect Score From International Rating Service That Evaluates Credibility of News Sources

View the post

Explainers

Human rights & inclusion

Amira Elghawaby

Here’s The Problem With Hoping Corporations Will Be Socially and Environmentally Responsible On Their Own

View the post
Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

The battle of the PACs in Calgary’s municipal election

View the post
Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

27 Different Candidates are Vying to be Calgary’s Mayor. Here Are the Biggest Issues at Stake.

View the post