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Electing a Diverse Canada

The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities, and Women

edited by Caroline Andrew, John Biles, Myer Siemiatycki & Erin Tolley

UBC Press
Initial publish date
May 2009
Elections, Gender Studies, General, Women's Studies, General, Minority Studies
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Electing a Diverse Canada presents the most extensive analysis to date of the electoral representation of immigrants, minorities, and women in Canada. Covering eleven cities, as well as Canada’s Parliament, it breaks new ground by assessing the representation of diverse identity groups across multiple levels of government. Electoral representation is an important indicator of a democracy’s health, and this book provides both a baseline for future research and an outline of the key challenges facing Canadian democracy.

About the authors

Caroline Andrew is professor at the School of Political Studies and director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. She co-edited Accounting for Culture: Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship (University of Ottawa Press, 2005).

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John Biles is director of the Metropolis Project, Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Meyer Burstein is an international consultant working primarily in the field of migration, integration, and social policy. James Frideres is a professor in sociol

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Erin Tolley is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.

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Editorial Reviews

Electing a Diverse Canada all fit together seamlessly, and the editors do a tidy job of summing up the key findings of the contributing authors, as well as supplying a theoretical framework for the project in their introductory review of theories of representation. As a result, anybody studying issues of representation will find the collection useful. The volume would also be useful as supplementary reading in most courses related to Canadian elections, women and politics, and municipal politics, as well as acting as a foundational resource for individuals researching issues related to representation, the election of marginalized groups into government, or even those looking for profiles and background information about major Canadian cities. As the editors note, this volume is the first of its kind, and the authors ought to be applauded for their efforts.

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Electing a Diverse Canada: The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities, and Women

This book of essays presents up-to-date data and insightful analyses of the ways in which Canadian society and the political process and seats of power have been open to and welcoming of immigrants to Canada, minorities and women. The focus is on the opportunities for and realities of political participation, electoral involvement and civic engagement for these groups in Canada. Chapters include assessment of the situation in the cities and on the presence and impact of ethnoracial minorities in the 38th Parliament of Canada. The writers assess the extent to which the diversity of Canadian society has been seen or expressed in elected leadership.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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