And now for what’s really important: NDP falls short on ethnic diversity

“Albertans can see themselves reflected in their new government,” Rachel Notley said, as her NDP caucus gathered behind her after its first post-election meeting.

She expressed pride in the nearly 50-50 gender balance of her elected members — nearly half, unprecedented in Alberta government. She said the 20-somethings and 30-somethings on her team better reflects Albertans’ average age.

Behind the incoming premier’s left shoulder stood Thomas Dang, of Chinese descent. On the other side, Nicaragua-born Ricardo Miranda.

Broaden out that tightly framed photograph, however, and the vast majority of what you see is white faces reflecting back at Albertans.

There are seven visible minorities among the New Democrats’ 53 MLAs, and no aboriginal representation. That is down from 13 minorities elected in the last Tory government, and the lowest number since Ralph Klein first won as premier in 1993, along with seven non-Caucasian members…

  • JoKeR

    The Alberta NDP do not reflect the Albertan’s average age as claimed because the NDP are ageists!

    They don’t have a single MLA over 65, nor any under 20. Why the discrimination against tweens, never mind not having a single teenage representative?

    Where are the under 10 year-old set? Even the federal Green Party has Elizabeth May, who may be chronologically older, is certainly mentally in the under 10 year-old set.


  • Helios Megistos

    The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy; democracy is the rule of the smart by the stupid! By the way, if women never had the right to vote, Canada would never have embraced abortion and multiculturalism and a cradle-to-grave welfare state; Jove bless Gavin McInnes!

    • Frau Katze

      Sadly, I’m coming around to the same p.o.v. Some women are fine (like moi) but taken as a group, they’ve pushed us far to the left.

      • Alain

        I have to also agree. Of course there are exceptions as with any group, but I find far too many Canadian women uninformed with no desire to get informed about politics, and therefore tending to vote based on appearances instead of substance. Certainly there are men who do the same, usually the ones I label metrosexuals.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I don’t care about NDP lack of diversity unless they are accusing me of the same.

  • Helios Megistos