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Aboriginal Celebration

Aboriginal Celebration
My mood was one of celebration in watching and hearing the final result of the Manitoba election wherein Manitobans resoundingly elected Canada’s first aboriginal premier, Wab Kinew.
Manitoba may be our most forgotten and ignored province but it has been a leader in many ways, largely the result of having elected NDP governments headed up by the like of Ed Schreyer, Howard Pawley and Gary Dewer,
This election, I believe, was a bigger than Manitoba election as it has national repercussions. Wab Kinew is a straight talker, more than impressive guy who, undoubtedly is exciting our Canadian aboriginal population who represent some 5% of our population. Many amongst this community, likely as much as or more than 50%, do not vote. This is a personally thoughtful decision by many native Canadians who have been schooled in the idea that Canada is not their country. But Premier elect Kinew, is exciting this group with his aboriginal construct his charm and his words of encouragement for his people to vote. And if his election instills the thought that it is good to vote and they can make a difference, they will make a difference.
And the aboriginal vote can make a difference because few of their nation will vote Conservative, which has been reinforced by the Manitoba election and the Conservative Party strategy of making an election issue in not searching the Winnipeg garbage dump where three native Canadian women are believed to be buried. This was a terrible tactical blunder that is going to cost the reputation of the conservatives for some time.
With the stench of that decision it is likely that a the majority of native will not vote Conservative in a federal election. Yes it was a historic and politically impactful election.

Author: Ron Brydges

Born on Vancouver Island and raised as a child in Prince Rupert and as a teenager in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Graduated, not without struggle, from Central Collegiate High School. Got my first post graduate job at a steel and pipe mill in Regina, Returned to B.C. and worked in a fabrication shop, a consulting firm, a northern mine and then went east and lived and worked in Toronto for a machinery manufacturer. Moved to St. Catharines where i worked on contract for GM. Was discharged at 62 and took up writing. Now divorced with two daughters and four grandchildren. There was a life between these lines and some of it will come out in my blogs.

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