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Federal Election 2011: First Nations, Inuit and Métis Issues and Candidates

Malinda S Smith, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Vice President, Equity Issues

With a week to go, and early voting already underway, issues and priorities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis have received surprisingly little national attention in the 2011 federal election campaign. This is true despite Aboriginal leaders and associations having engaged in robust advocacy using social media, including blogs, Facebook, Twitter and virtual summits. What are the national priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis nations and leaders? What do the federal party platforms say about Aboriginal issues?  How are the federal parties doing in their efforts to recruit and nominate Aboriginal candidates?

Elections Canada’s web site includes ‘...

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Federal Election 2011: An open letter on post-secondary education

Donna Palmateer Pennee, University of Western Ontario Guest Contributor “Vote Mobs,” originating with 700 students on the University of Guelph campus, indicate students are preparing publicly for election 2011. Where are the parallel faculty and administrator mobs, to encourage voter turnout and raise awareness of Post-Secondary Education (PSE) as an election issue? We do not know the outcome of our next election, so the proposed federal Budget 2011 may well be back again. And even if it doesn’t reappear, another budget will, so let’s use Budget 2011 for a democratic exercise in consciousness-raising. We can start by watching the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s video, which compares budget choices:

  • Watch CCPA’s ‘...
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Federal Election 2011 hot topics: Digital Economy

In May 2010, the federal government put out a call for submissions around Canada’s digital economy, asking for Canadians’ ideas around what a national digital strategy should include. With the help of a Taskforce comprised of leading Canadian researchers, the CFHSS submitted a brief. Since the consultation ended, the federal government has been developing a digital economy strategy.

While we won’t know the contents of that – or any – federal digital strategy until after the election, the issue has remained on the political parties’ agendas throughout the campaign so far. The Liberal’s platform includes a new tax credit for digital start ups – they also released a more detailed...

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Federal Election 2011: Incremental rise in female candidates

Nancy Peckford, Equal Voice
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s series marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

With nominations now closed, Equal Voice has confirmed that 407 women candidates, representing 31 percent of all candidates for Canada´s five major political parties, will be on the ballot for the May 2nd federal election. This represents a slight two point increase from the 2008 federal election when 29 percent of major party candidates were women.

The New Democratic Party is the clear leader with 125 female candidates, nearly 41 percent of all its candidates, which is the highest percentage fielded by a political party in Canada´s history.  The Bloc Québécois...

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