Unrepresentation In Canada

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Modern day Canada has been applauded and recognized as a nation which is culturally and ethnically diverse to different groups in society, but with much dismay, it does not include such diversity in the Senate. The notion within parliament is that “the senate has come to bolster representation of groups often underrepresented in parliament such as aboriginal minorities and women” (Senate, 2015). That acclaimed notion is proven not to be true and actually act as more of an unrepresentative part of parliament. The Senate has traditionally been a group of individuals who are among the economic elite which is a minuscule percentage of the actual groups within society that  are being unrepresented. Canada is a growing nation with Aboriginal histories, but Aboriginal Peoples are not effectively represented within the Senate. Aboriginal issues continue to be pressing and have important social and economic status within the nation. Aboriginal Peoples, “in 2011, representing 4.3% of the total Canadian population” (Statistics Canada, 2015). With rich heritages implanted within Canada, the needs of…show more content…
Females account for a majority of Canada, approximately 50.4% of the entire Canadian population (Statistics Canada, 2014). As of today, only thirty-one women actively sit in the Senate chamber, while seventy-four Senators that sit are male (Senate, 2015). The first female Senator in Canada, Emily Murphy, was not allowed to be appointed within the Senate until the late date of 1929, when the Constitution declared women to be “persons” under the law (McCullough, 2015). From the numbers shown above, the Senate is not and has never been gender equal. In a nation such as Canada that values gender equality greatly, it is not representative to the entire values of the nation for a parliamentary chamber such as the Senate to also not be equal in regards to

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