Nigerian lady, Uzoma Asagwara has broken a 150-year-old jinx as she emerged the First black person to be elected into Canada’s Legislature (Manitoba province) last Tuesday.
Uzoma tweeted gleefully: “Yesterday, I was sworn in as the first Black & Queer person ever elected to the @MBLegislature. I will not be the last. Proud to be part of the @mbndp Caucus.
Until Tuesday’s vote, no black person had ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of this province. Now there are three.
Uzoma Asagwara won the Union Station seat for the NDP, Jamie Moses took the St. Vital seat for the party and Audrey Gordon won Southdale for the Progressive Conservatives.
None of the political scientists the CBC contacted, nor the parties themselves, could recall a black MLA ever being elected in Manitoba.
The NDP has historically done well in Winnipeg’s core, where Asagwara won Union Station, becoming the first queer black person to win a seat.
“Our elected officials in our Manitoba Legislature should absolutely reflect the constituencies … and communities that are in Manitoba,” Asagwara told CBC News as results came in Tuesday night.
“So making sure that our elected officials look like the communities we serve [is] fundamental in making sure that all voices and all communities are served well in Manitoba.”
Asagwara, a first-generation Canadian whose parents are Nigerians, has worked as a psychiatric nurse and is a longtime community activist in Winnipeg’s core.
Credit: CBC News.
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