Wednesday, 10 October 2007

In the Etobicoke North riding of Ontario you can vote for a muslim, another muslim, another muslim, and another muslim

None of whom were born in Canada. Now that's diversity.

Read it all at the National Post

Four Muslims vie to capture swing riding

Rexdale Area
Mary Vallis, National Post
Published: Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Such are the challenges of campaigning in Etobicoke North, one of the most diverse ridings in the province.

More than half of its residents are members of visible minorities; one in 10 is a recent immigrant.

Etobicoke North is home to more blacks than any other riding (18.6% of its population, or more than 20,000 people), and has among the highest proportions of Hindu and Muslim residents in Ontario.

The riding also has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the province. One in four residents is a low-income earner; only 13% have high school diplomas. Gang violence and shootings are a persistent problem.

With a history of swinging every which way politically, pundits say the riding's future is a toss-up. For the first time in Ontario, the candidates representing the four major parties are all Muslims. All four men, none of whom was born in Canada, have been campaigning throughout Ramadan on empty stomachs.

I wonder what percentage of the members of each riding association is Muslim. If my suspicions are correct then Muslims form a significant number if not the majority of the members even though Muslims are not the majority of the residents in the riding.

The future of Canada folks: ethnic politics Canadian style. It was a lovely country we had once. But since we so easily gave it away do we even deserve it in the first place?

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