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She may be Conservative, but she’s the first Inuit woman elected to the party!

October 15th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Conservative party. Along with many other people I know, I’m saddened and angered that we have another 4 years of right-wing bigotry to face, but I’m up for the fight.

However I was delighted to hear that Leona Aglukkaq, from Gjoa Haven in Nunavut, became the first Inuit woman elected to the Conservative party.

She won with 34.8% of the total vote, however like the rest of Canada, 49.4% of eligible voters in Nunavut actually cast a ballot.

This is not the first time Aglukkaq was the only woman present in various political spheres. A longtime Nunavut civil servant, Aglukkaq was elected as MLA for Nattilik in the 2004 territorial election, making her one of two women elected to the 19-person assembly that year. She was also the only woman at the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Housing (FPT) Ministers Meetings.

I’m delighted because what I’m holding on to now is hope for change. And I sincerely hope with everything inside me that Leona Aglukkaq will do her best to change that party.

I really do hope.

Tags: news flash, race and racism

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