To everyone who has their panties in a wad, loosen up, or go change them. For those on the left, why isn't a person of color up for the Liberal leadership? Same question for the NDP. Maybe you should take a few lessons from the Americans that you so love to bash. Might be that they are far more enlightened than you can ever hope to be.
The answer here is pretty simple. A cursory look at data from the 2006 US census shows us the following:
- 12.4% of the US population is comprised of African-Americans
- 4.4% of the US population is of asian descent
- 6.4% fall under "some other race"
All of this excluding Hispanic/Latino Americans, who are grouped with Caucasians in this particular chart. So, with that large portion of the US population aside, 23.2% of the US population are members of a visible minority.
When we compare this to Canada's 2006 Census, we find:
- 2.5% of the Canadian population is comprised of African-Americans
- South Asian and Chinese descent make up 4 and 3.6% of the population, respectively
And, if you look at the totals, including Hispanics/Latinos, 16.2% of the Canadian population are members of a visible minority.
If you're referring exclusively to individuals of African descent when you refer to "people of color", Mr. Davis, the reason that no such individuals have risen to positions of prominence in the various federal parties is due to a paucity of choice, since, in the US, you have forty-seven times the population to choose from. Even speaking in terms of a percentage of the whole, you have just shy of six times the choice.
Let's have a quick look at a demographic in which the US and Canada are on equal footing. Sex. Hands up, which country has had its highest office held by a woman? I thought so. Hands up, which country has had the leader of any federal political party be a woman? Mmmhmmm. And hands up, which country has had the longer time in which to do so?
I rest my case. "Far more enlightened", my ass.