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Human Rights in Canada: An Historical Perspective

Denying minorities the Right to Vote

Ottawa, Canada
1900

The Dominion Elections Act sets the rules for who can vote in federal elections.

It makes the qualifications for federal elections the same as for provincial ones. That means minorities who can't vote in provincial elections are also excluded from federal elections.

In other words, over half of Canadians, including visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and women have no democratic rights.

The more things change...

In 1900, economic development is king. The economy is booming, and the belief in capitalism and economic expansion permeates the country. There is a fair amount of dependence on foreign investment and foreign technology however, and Canadian businesses are lagging behind in research and development. In 2000, some say the situation is much the same.