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Candidates from Alberta’s political parties agree: Indigenous representation matters – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 10, 201953 Views

Regardless of politics, Indigenous candidates are a ‘move toward being more inclusive’

Apr 10, 2019

When Vincent Rain collected enough signatures to earn the nomination as the Alberta Party candidate for Lesser Slave Lake, he was ready to start campaigning as one of many Indigenous candidates across the province.

Until Elections Alberta said he couldn’t.

In order to run in provincial elections, candidates need at least 25 signed endorsements from eligible voters. According to the official candidate nomination form, voters need to print and sign their names, plus list their “residential address in the electoral division.”

For Indigenous voters living on reserves, figuring out what address to include can be confusing. Only the band council has an address with a unique postal code; residential homes share the band council address but are numbered differently.

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