Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Election: Aboriginal Candidate's Historic Bid Falls Short

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Election: Aboriginal Candidate's Historic Bid Falls Short

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Aboriginal candidate's historic bid falls short

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HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia man has lost his historic bid to become the first Mi'kmaq elected to the provincial legislature.

NDP candidate Trevor Sanipass came in a strong third in Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

Before polls closed, Sanipass told The Canadian Press that the excitement around his candidacy extended well beyond his riding, with aboriginal people around the province cheering him on.

"Having that (aboriginal) voice really is important, because right now, we've never had one," Sanipass said. "We need more representation at all levels of government."

Sanipass, a 41-year-old member of the Eskasoni First Nation, said he decided to run for office for one of the same reasons he became a correctional officer: The overrepresentation of aboriginal offenders in Canada's prisons. …

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