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Is Every Ballot Equal? Visible Minority Vote Dilution in Canada
IRPP Choices (2007)
  • Sujit Choudhry, Berkeley Law
  • Michael Pal
Abstract
In this paper, Michael Pal and Sujit Choudhry revisit this familiar debate in the wake of dramatic demographic change. Canada’s visible minority population is increasing in absolute terms and as a proportion of the national population, and this increase is fuelled by immigration. Moreover, Canada’s visible minority population is growing where Canada’s population growth is increasingly concentrated — in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia and in its urban areas. The new question the authors pose is whether the underrepresentation of these provinces and urban areas in the House of Commons translates into the dilution of the votes of citizens from visible minority communities. Does promoting the interests of rural minorities and the minority of Canadians who live in smaller provinces necessarily come at the cost of the interests of a visible minority?
Keywords
  • Canada,
  • Voting,
  • Election
Disciplines
Publication Date
January, 2007
Citation Information
Sujit Choudhry and Michael Pal. "Is Every Ballot Equal? Visible Minority Vote Dilution in Canada" IRPP Choices Vol. 13 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sujit_choudhry/39/