Parties have nominated 40 Indigenous candidates so far, closing in on the 2015 record for representation on the ballot, when an all-time high of 10 Indigenous MPs were elected.
Liberal candidates Jaime Battiste and Trisha Cowie were among the 2019 MP hopefuls in Ottawa July 31 for the party’s campaign boot camp. They are two of the party's 13 Indigenous candidates, which has the most of any of the major parties, so far.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
With at least 40 Indigenous candidates running for federal office in 2019, the number is nearing the record-breaking 54 contenders in 2015, and almost doubling those nominated in 2011.
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Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.
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