Still Not Equal? Visible Minority Vote Dilution in Canada

(2014) 8(1) Canadian Political Science Review 85-101

17 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2014

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Michael Pal

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Sujit Choudhry

Center for Constitutional Transitions; Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Date Written: September 17, 2014

Abstract

This article takes the long-standing fact of deviations from representation by population in Canada and asks whether a consequence is visible minority vote dilution. It builds on our earlier article on this topic by calculating voting power for visible minorities and non-visible minorities for the 2004 federal electoral map and for provincial electoral districts in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. We conclude that vote dilution continues to exist and is concentrated in the ridings with the highest proportion of visible minorities. Visible minority vote dilution carries special significance in light of demographic, policy, and constitutional considerations. The article concludes by offering options for reform.

Keywords: vote dilution, visible minority, representation by population, federal electoral districts, provincial electoral districts, electoral boundaries, voting rights

Suggested Citation

Pal, Michael and Choudhry, Sujit, Still Not Equal? Visible Minority Vote Dilution in Canada (September 17, 2014). (2014) 8(1) Canadian Political Science Review 85-101. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2497712

Michael Pal (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=799&Itemid=151

Sujit Choudhry

Center for Constitutional Transitions ( email )

HOME PAGE: constitutionaltransitions.org

Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

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