Canada's Voting System Essay

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In Canada’s democratic government, voting is a powerful way for citizens to communicate their values. The leader who is chosen reflects the power of the Canadians’ values. Thus, to the government, every vote matters, assuring Canadians that their opinions matter. Today, Canada recognizes voting as a fundamental right for all of their citizens. The Canadian Charter of Rights effectively protects this right of all Canadians, even minorities, through section 3. “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or a large legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein”. This ensures equality for vote to all Canadians. Equality is to allow all Canadians equal opportunity, even if …show more content…
By not including certain races to vote shows the intentional discrimination, unfair treatment to others that is on purpose, that was exercised by the government. First of all, the type of intention discrimination that the government acted upon was mostly seen during World War I. (textbook) For example, in 1917, Parliament passed the War Time Election Act, which showed great inequality to the German-Canadian and other populations. This act made it that anyone of enemy descendents, who they called enemy aliens, was disenfranchised. By having these populations, German-Canadians and others, ability to vote revoked was incredibly unjust. So, the government passed this act based upon unjust reasoning that these enemy aliens were a potential threat to their society in the war. Hence, due to their race, German-Canadians and other groups were unfairly treated since they had their voting abilities revoked, showing that the government was guilty of intentional discrimination. Thus, because the intentional discrimination is very obvious in the War Time Election Act, by not having the right to vote the racial exclusion of enemy aliens is very noticeable. As well, Japanese-Canadians were victims of intentional discrimination in their equality to vote. For example, in 1900, due to the Dominion Election Act, minorities that were not able to vote in federal elections could not have been able to vote in provincial elections. However, in

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