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Independent MP Caesar-Chavannes says her job is to represent ‘disenfranchised,’ not to make others feel comfortable in House

By Mike Lapointe      

The question of the night at the panel on race and politics: what happens to democracy when people in power don’t reflect the people they represent?

Charelle Evelyn, managing editor of The Hill Times, moderates the Race in Politics panel with Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chevannes, Alykhan Velshi, former Harper-era aide, and Rose Lemay of the Indigenous Reconciliation Group, held by CPAC and The Hill Times on June 19, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

There’s no such thing as cultural neutrality in politics, says an Indigenous advocate. But for many Canadians, diversity across other dimensions can be more meaningful than their race, says a former Harper-era aide.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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