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Why Canada needs more politicians of colour


In Canada, we often celebrate our multi-culturalism. But as our cities become more diverse, our city councils are slow to catch up.

Take, for example, Hamilton, Ontario. According to the 2016 census, nearly 20 per cent of the city’s population identifies as a visible minority—but there is only one person of colour serving on city council. In Halifax, when Lindell Smith became a councilor in 2016, it was the second time ever a visible minority member was elected.

In the video clip above, Lindell and Hamilton city councilor, Matthew Green, join our panel to discuss the lack of diversity in politics.

 

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