Discussion on voter participation – Spanish

RADIO – CHIN 91.9 FM Spanish (Daily) – Toronto, 15/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Spanish

Silvia Mendez, Eric Sifuentes – Radio host Eric Sifuentes said that many people were surprised that the advance voting polls were open on Thanksgiving Monday, but a lot of people did vote. It was a historic day in terms of voter participation, with a 25% higher voter turnout than in 2015. Sifuentes said it’s a close election and no one knows what’s going to happen on October 21.

Radio host Silvia Mendez said that people are saying it’s time to assemble together because more is more. She noted that red doesn’t go so badly with orange after all on the colour wheel. Sifuentes said that orange has made a romantic overture to red in order to form a coalition and prevent blue from winning. Trudeau and Singh tried to avoid commenting further on this on Monday. Sifuentes added that we will see if journalists keep asking about this on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives and Liberals are neck and neck in the polls. Silvia Mendez called upon Latinos to get out in a large bloc and vote. Sifuentes said that unfortunately the Latino community doesn’t vote and that voting doesn’t matter enough to Latinos. The Latino community doesn’t have the same level of voter participation as other communities. According to Sifuentes, this is partially why some things are missing for the Latino community, such as representation in Parliament.

Silvia Mendez said that Latinos who live in Canada, but who are not citizens and therefore cannot vote, can participate in other ways like supporting candidates by door knocking and discussing issues within the community. Sifuentes said that for the community who gets up at 4am to work long hours to get ahead and be strong, people need to take this seriously and participate. Sifuentes hears a deafening silence from many people in his community, while other people say it doesn’t interest them. However, Silvia Mendez has faith in the Latino vote and that they are going to make a difference.

The Canadian-Muslim Vote launches “Muslim Vote Weekend” – Muslim

WEB – Muslim Link (Monthly) – Ottawa, 09/10/2019 – NEWS, English

Canadian Muslim Vote – The Canadian-Muslim Vote (TCMV) is launching its “Muslim Vote Weekend” campaign on Friday, October 11, 2019, with Get Out the Vote sermons in over 100 mosques across six provinces and territories. The campaign will mobilize Muslim voters to the Advance Polls over the Thanksgiving Weekend. Over 130 “Campaign-in-a-Box” all-in-one, do-it-yourself kits have been sent to volunteers at mosques from Whitehorse to Halifax to educate Muslim voters and bring them to the polls. TCMV Executive Director Ali Manek said, “The Muslim Vote Weekend is one of the ways The Canadian-Muslim Vote is breaking down barriers to voting by getting our community to the polls early and making sure they are registered and educated on how and where to vote. Our campaign volunteers have had a million touch-points with community members this election with the message that we speak the loudest when we vote. Our community survey shows we can expect a higher Muslim turnout this election than the general average.”

Indians trying to influence Canadian voters – Punjabi

RADIO – CHTO AM 1690 Hulchul Radio (Daily) – Toronto, 09/10/2019 – PHONE IN, Punjabi

A caller said that Akhand Paths (continuous recitation of sacred religious texts in Sikhism) are being organized in Punjab, India for the victory of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party in federal elections. Some people even say that anyone who votes for the NDP or any other party will be considered traitors. Host Sandip Bhatti said that he also heard about Akhand Paths urging voting for and supporting Trudeau. At the time of the election in India, the Indian community in Canada called on people in India to vote for a specific party or candidates of our choice. We even visit India to help them in their elections. When we interfere to influence voters in India, the people in India can also try to interfere in Canadian elections.

Who was the winner of the English language debate? – Tamil

WEB – Yarl Inayam (Daily) – London (Ontario), 09/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Tamil

Sivathasan – The English language debate, which lasted for two hours, was not as interesting or fiery as expected. The debate could be compared to a competition that involved two rabbits and four tortoises. While the two rabbits were fighting among themselves, Jagmeet Singh (a tortoise) won easily. The SNC-Lavalin weapon has lost its sharpness after frequent use. The counter weapon of “employment for Canadians,” which Trudeau used against the SNC-Lavalin weapon, has also lost its sharpness. The only notable point in the debate was when Sheer said, “He can’t even remember how many times he put blackface on… Mr. Trudeau, you are a phony, you are a fraud. You don’t deserve to lead this country.” All these debates could achieve one thing – making Trudeau the prime minister of Canada once again – not due to Trudeau’s ability, but due to the others’ inability.


No Chinese components mentioned in the Canadian election – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 07/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese


For a democratic country, the federal election is to determine what the greater community wants for the future. Various political parties will build their platforms around what the majority of Canadians favour. If we look into the platforms of each political party, we can tell what are some of the topics that voters care about. The American election influences the Canadian elections in some ways, especially on the topic of the threat of China. Both the Republicans and the Democrats see China as a threat to their country. With Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest being such a huge controversy in Canada, it was surprising to see that nothing related to this topic was mentioned by Canadian political leaders during the campaign trail. Canadian parties and voters mostly care about issues that impact Canada internally, such as the economy, the environment, health care, child welfare, gun regulation, housing, immigration, and the budget deficit. There was no single party that discussed how to resolve the challenges between Canada and China’s relationship. There was also no single news outlet that asked candidates to discuss this topic either. To the Chinese Canadians, this is very unbelievable. They care a lot about Meng’s case and the relationship between Canada and China. But the parties decided not to speak about it entirely. This is viewed as normal if we understood how the majority of Canadians feel about the current economy and the community. First of all, Canadians do not care about China, but they also do not care about the rest of the world. The parties are not discussing China because this is not a topic that voters care about.

Ahmed Hussen, purveyor of untruths, must resign – Italian

PRINT – Corriere Canadese (Daily5) – Toronto, 07/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Italian

Joe Volpe – The Law Society Tribunal has rejected claims by an unknown plaintiff against immigration lawyer Richard Boraks and the Undocumented Workers Committee with regard to a pilot project to help construction workers – many of them Brazilian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish or Hispanic – unable to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. In 2016, former immigration minister John McCallum proposed a pilot project to address the situation of the employers and employees in question. He established a caucus committee to assist in the process. MPs Julie Dzerowicz and Peter Fonseca were initially active in promoting the project. The new immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, made all the right confirmational statements until the end of 2017. However, in 2018 he began denying the program ever existed, and the MPs followed suit. The Immigration Department began removal proceedings against applicants. As the Law Society Tribunal’s decision shows, the statements and actions promoted by Hussen and his colleagues were not supported by facts. This, Joe Volpe says, is unacceptable and unjustifiable in our democratic process. It is now up to the voters – especially Portuguese and Italians – to mete out justice for the psychological and economic damage done to the deported families and their employers. A cartoon shows headshots of Hussen, Dzerowicz and Fonseca forming a triangle with the words “Deceit, disinformation and dissimulation” in it and “Go away!” beneath it.

The inhumanity of cutting Canadian aid to countries in need – Haitian

WEB – Haiti Sun (Daily7) – Sydney, 06/10/2019 – ARTICLE, 1 page web, 2nd, English

It is a bad idea to cut off your nose to spite your face. Similarly, it would be a catastrophic move for Canada’s next prime minister to scrap international development assistance. Yet two party leaders, Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer, propose to do exactly that. Scheer wants a 25 per cent reduction in Canada’s spending on development assistance, while Bernier calls for an almost complete elimination of it. Such promises are reckless and deeply misguided. Cutting development assistance in the ways that Scheer and Bernier suggest reveals an alarming misunderstanding of what aid is. Development assistance has its problems. Nevertheless, it is crucial for reducing extreme poverty. And it fosters important international relations that can benefit all Canadians. Official development assistance, or international aid, is one of Canada’s most important tools in putting its values into practice on a global scale. But surprisingly, Canada is quite stingy when it comes to giving. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Canadian international aid in 2018 represented 0.28 per cent of our gross national income (GNI). Does cutting support for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people reflect the values of Canadians, including those who are likely to vote for Scheer? We hope not. But how are the other parties doing when it comes to foreign aid?

Andrew Scheer on gun control and immigration – Somali

RADIO – CHIN AM 1540 Somali (Weekly) – Toronto, 05/10/2019 – NEWS, Somali

For Somalis in Canada, following and keeping an eye on policy proposals on gun control and immigration are of utmost importance. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer recently released his proposed plans to tighten gun control and combat gun violence. Scheer promises he will take a much stronger stance than the Liberals by intercepting illegal firearms at the Canada-US border and laying down tougher sentences for the possession of illegal firearms. That said, it is important for Somalis to keep in mind that Scheer also takes a tough stance on immigration, as he is anti-immigration. This proves problematic for Somalis who are currently waiting for updates on their immigration status and for those who wish to immigrate to Canada in future.

Elections 2019, a sophomoric electoral campaign – Italian

PRINT – Corriere Canadese (Daily) – Toronto, 02/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Italian

Joe Volpe – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer noted the irony in the prime minister leading a march against the inaction of his own government. Greta Thunberg, the “Joan of Arc of the climate change movement,” accused Justin Trudeau of not doing enough in government. Meanwhile, whoever is orchestrating the election campaign in Quebec appears determined to soil the party’s laundry by offending its traditional supporters: youth, women, and the ethnic vote.

In Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, their preferred candidate Imam Hassan Guillet was dumped unceremoniously. The Arab, Muslim community cannot have seen this development in a good light, especially when another Middle Eastern candidate, Eva Nassif, was denied her candidacy for obscure reasons. These faux pas are raising critical observations from the Italian-Canadian community in Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel. All this, says Joe Volpe, while the openly anti-immigrant Premier Legault and xenophobic Bloc Québécois take Francophone voters away from the Liberal fold and from Trudeau personally.

Political with Aladdin and co – Romanian

WEB – Pagini Romanesti (Twice Monthly) – Montreal, 30/09/2019 – ARTICLE,  Romanian

Mircea Gheorghe – It would be said, according to the minds of some politicians, that the world in which we live has solved all the important problems, and, as such, we should look for others, however minor, that will ward off the boredom borne of opulence and lack of worries. Old photos of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were revealed, in his adolescence and youth, dressed as Aladdin, Sinbad, and Harry Belafonte, having painted his face in a dark colour to better resemble them. Trudeau’s political opponents have rubbed their hands with joy. Justin Trudeau, therefore, has despised minorities of colour since adolescence, and what clearer proof is needed than he has painted his face?

In the United States, there is a sharp sensitivity to any manifestation that, from near or far, suggests or could suggest the racist arrogance of White people. However, in Canada, there are no historical roots as conflicting between White people and Black people even if there existed and still exist – as exists everywhere in the world – some reflexes of discrimination. Nonetheless, there has been no civil war and no broad and varied movements of struggle against racial segregation.

Trudeau’s opponents, however, do not get caught up in the nuances. If the Americans do not stand for something like this, how can we Canadians, their neighbours, stand for it? The artificial storm triggered by the Conservative leader and backed by the New Democrat (leader) would be ridiculous if they did not threaten to create a real problem, as the international prestige of the Canadian prime minister has suffered quite seriously. Justin Trudeau addressed Canadian voters and humbly apologized.

Opinions on Trudeau’s disguise are mixed, more frequently in the accusatory sense in Ontario and the rest of Canada, more nuanced and balanced in Quebec, where, rightly speaking, no one treats Trudeau as a racist. The most prevalent criticism of the false problem about Justin Trudeau’s alleged racism comes from the well-known Haitian writer Dany Laferrière in an interview with Radio-Canada. Justin Trudeau did not do what he is being reproached for. First of all, it must be taken into account that he disguised himself as a fictional character. Second, the fact that he painted his face in a dark colour has nothing to do with American black- or brownface. There is nothing offensive and disrespectful in his disguises.

When the face-to-face debates between party leaders begin, we are likely to see Andrew Scheer as a bulldog who does not want to let the bone from his mouth at any cost. He will always come back to Justin Trudeau’s “racist” disguise from his youth. This is what happens when all the important problems of Canadian society have been resolved and when there remains nothing to do.