Mabel Elmore and Naomi Yamamoto: First Canadians of Filipino and Japanese ancestry elected to BC Legislature

Mabel Elmore and Naomi Yamamoto elected to BC Legislature!

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Filipinos were the first Asians to come to North America.  Japanese Canadians were interned during WW2.  Both are now represented in BC Legislature.  The election of Mabel Elmore and Naomi Yamamoto will hopefully bring more diversity and inclusion to BC's Legislature, as Filipino and Japanese Canadians citizens have often been at the brunt of some of BC's legislation regarding racism and immigration.  Let us hope that the WW2 internment of Canadians of Japanese ancestry, after their valiant fighting for Canada during WW1, will never happen again, nor affect other Canadians of ethnic ancestry.

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Mabel Elmore is proud to bring Filipino-Canadian representation to Victoria.  Elmore won Vancouver Kensington last night. When Mabel gave her short speech, her mother and cousins were standing nearby.  They were all very proud and happy that she was elected.


Naomi Yamamoto won North Vancouver Lonsdale for the Liberal Party, and will hopefully be in BC Cabinet.  Yamamoto has been chair of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.  She is also the daughter of Japanese-Canadian internment survivors.  Her father Mas Yamamoto celebrated her historic win with her on election night.
See: North Shore Outlook: Yamamoto becomes B.C.'s first-ever Japanese-Canadian MLA

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Jenny Kwan, BC's first Chinese-Canadian Cabinet Minister in 1988, was easily re-elected in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.

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Sharing a hug with friends Mel Lehan, who ran in Vancouver-Point Grey, and Meena Wong, who worked on Adrian Dix campaign in Vancouver-Kingsway.

Check out my pictures from last nights NDP party in Burnaby:

2009 BC Election: NDP party Vancouver Burnaby

2009 BC Election: NDP party…

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