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A Reader Notes A Multicultural Election In Canada
From: Cyndi [Email her]
I don't know if this is of interest to you or not, but it may be that you can see an angle here:
“Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada that reserves a handful of elected posts for members of minority communities — Acadians, First Nations and African-Nova Scotians.” [Loser in African-Nova Scotian school board election alleges voter fraud,By Steve Mertl, Daily Brew, October 29,2012]
James Fulford writes: Nova Scotia, in Canada, is largely white, and for that matter, largely Scottish, but all it takes is a little multiculturalism...the "Acadians" mentioned are the French-speaking descendents of the losers in the French and Indian Wars, the ones who didn't go to Louisiana. (The descendents of the ones who did go to Louisiana are called "Cajuns" for short.)
"First Nations" is Canada’s masochistic way of referring to Indians and Eskimos.
African-Nova Scotians are, in many cases the descendents of escaped slaves—Nova Scotia was the Underground Railroad’s final stop.
The story forwarded by our reader tells how a local community organizer type, running for the “African-Nova Scotian” seat on the board, claims that whites—who resented his community organizing ways—asked for “ANS” ballots, and voted against him.
But Alden Fells said he may have been targeted for other reasons.
"I've been very vocal about race and racism and how it impacts the African-Nova Scotian community," he told the Post.
"I think some people saw that there was an opportunity to remove me from representing my community and took advantage of that opportunity."
Alden Fells led a protest after a 2008 incident where his son was involved in an altercation with an off-duty police officer who allegedly uttered a racially charged slur. The pressure resulted in an official apology from the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia, the Post reported.
This multicultural election stuff is fascinating because, like many other Canadian bad ideas, it can be expected to migrate to the United States in a few years.
Apparently in these special elections, you are an Indian, an Acadian, or an African Nova Scotian if you say you are.
However, this complaint may lead to people being asked to prove their “racial identity” before they can vote—which will be odd, considering that many American jurisdictions are not allowed to ask for ID.