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Chinese voter turnout low – Cantonese

RADIO – Fairchild Radio AM 1430 News Beat (Daily) – Toronto, 21/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Cantonese

Michael Shao – Host Michael Shao said Chinese voter turnout is frequently lowest in comparison to other ethnic voters. Guest “Ken” said there are three types of people who vote: loyal party members, friends of popular candidates, and individuals affected by policies. Some also vote based on poll predictions, and if the party in the lead is not a party they like, they will vote for another party because they do not want the most favoured party to win. Some people follow others’ voting because they have no political knowledge. In this era, many people are influenced by what others do.

Shao wonders why Chinese people are not passionate about voting. Many Chinese candidates ran in this election, but “Ken” said few of them stood out in the crowd. Voters also consider what the candidate does in the community. Most Chinese have a negative perception of politics. Shao wondered if this is the reason for the apathy. Ken said no and argued it is because no candidate really stood out.

Shao asked Ken who is considered a candidate who stands out. Ken gave the example of former MP Olivia Chow, who was also a city councillor. Chow did a lot of work on homelessness and Toronto transit. She also spoke up in parliament about acknowledging the issue of comfort women. Shao argued that candidates need to be elected before they can accomplish things. He thinks perhaps more Chinese MPs will attract the attention of the Chinese community.

Explanation for low Chinese voter turnout – Cantonese

RADIO – Fairchild Radio AM 1430 News Beat (Daily) – Toronto, 21/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Cantonese

Michael Shao – Guest Dr. Wong has been involved in encouraging the Chinese community to vote for many years. Wong said Chinese Canadians became involved in politics late and had a rough start. He said the community needs more organizations to encourage Chinese voters to participate in politics. The fact certain ridings had more than one Chinese candidate created more complications.

In comparison, Wong said we should learn from South Asians. Chinese voters need to know the benefits of voting. If Chinese Canadians vote, federal parties are likely to pay more attention to their community and encourage more Chinese candidates to run for positions. This is still not understood by newcomers. South Asians are very religious, and this has helped to unite them as a community. Wong said we do not have this kind of bond in the Chinese community. Host Michael Shao is curious as to whether that is the reason Chinese people are not as united.

Wong agreed and said more traditional Chinese Canadians focus more on taking care of themselves and their families instead of thinking about the country. Shao asked whether this hindered them from voting. Wong said yes. Some parties do not think the Chinese vote matters, yet they still come and campaign in ridings populated by Chinese residents. Wong said they are afraid that if Chinese Canadians do vote, it will impact the outcomes. There have been many Chinese candidates in the past, but not many became cabinet ministers.

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan offers congratulations to Justin Trudeau on electoral victory – Armenian

PRINT – Horizon Armenian Weekly – Montreal, 22/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Armenian

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan extended congratulations to Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on the latter’s electoral victory, Armenpress reports. “Congratulations to Justin Trudeau on his electoral victory. Looking forward to continue building on our strong friendship and partnership for the benefit of our two countries”, Pashinyan tweeted. “I am very happy that my good friend Justin Trudeau won in the elections and will continue leading the friendly Canada. My best wishes, dear Justin,” Pashinyan said in a separate Facebook post, sharing a selfie with the Canadian PM from the year before. Trudeau’s Liberal Party won in the parliamentary elections in Canada, however it won’t be able to form a majority government according to the polls.

Farewell, but I remain with you – Romanian

WEB – Pagini Romanesti (Twice Monthly) – Montreal, 22/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Romanian

Gabriel Purcarus – Not surprisingly, none of the parties in the (election) race managed to get the 170 seats necessary to form a majority government. The Conservative Party’s results were insufficient to overtake the Liberals, due to the fact that the Conservative vote is usually more concentrated in the central provinces, while the Liberal supporters are more evenly spread throughout the country.

The Greens, led by Elizabeth May, have reached three MPs, for the first time in history, proof that the climate issue is one of the topics that most concerns Canadians. The result can be interpreted in a number of ways but one thing is certain: despite clumsiness in governance and scandals that were more or less serious (such as the fact that Trudeau painted his face black 20 years ago or that he tried to influence the outcome of a judicial inquiry), Canadians do not hate him enough to show him the exit door.

Andrew Scheer was unable to convince that he was the leader that Canada needs, his campaign being too focused on Trudeau’s errors and not on proposing serious solutions to issues of concern to Canadian citizens. Experience shows that minority governments last between 18-24 months, so let’s get ready to go to the polls again in the fall of 2021. Until then, each party will have to review their strategies, because it is clear that none of them managed to be fully convincing this time.

Justin Trudeau’s attitude towards China’s relationship – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 21/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Wang Luo – This year, Canada and China’s relationship has been the tensest it has ever been in history. Canadian pork, canola, and soybean exports to China have all been impacted. All federal party leaders mentioned very little about China and Hong Kong on the campaign trail. Incumbent prime minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau said he will be adopting a careful attitude to approach the relationship with China.

With Hong Kong demonstrations continuing to escalate, Canada is seeing “pro-Hong Kong” organizations asking federal party leaders to express their stance on the situation. Prior to voting, the organizations posted report cards for each leader on their Facebook page, and a summary of each parties’ stance on the Hong Kong situation. The organizations hope to encourage the 300,000 Hong Kong Canadians to cast their vote for the leader and party who stands with Hong Kong.

In the report summary, it shows that the Liberal Party shows the weakest response to the Hong Kong situation. Justin Trudeau made no mentions of China or Hong Kong during his campaign. Under Trudeau’s leadership, Canadian exports have faced challenges with China customs. Even though his attitude towards China has been more modest, he still pointed fingers many times on issues involving China. In August, he suddenly showed concerns for Hong Kong, and asked the Chinese government to be careful.

In a recent debate in Markham, Liberal candidate Alan Ho and Conservative candidate Bob Saroya said they support human rights and free speech. There are approximately 1.77 million Chinese Canadians, and most of them are located in Ontario. Political candidates are mostly Hong Kong immigrants. However, there has been an increase of mainland Chinese immigrants, as well as Taiwanese Chinese immigrants, participating in politics.

Liberals’ policies praised, Trudeau favoured to be next PM – Punjabi

RADIO – Guntas Radio on CIAO 530 AM (Daily) – Toronto, 21/10/2019 – PHONE IN, Punjabi

Photo Credit: Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Many callers favoured Liberal leader Justin Trudeau as the next Prime Minister. They were of the opinion that Trudeau has good immigration policies. A caller said that Trudeau’s immigration policies favour Canada’s economy. Another caller said that the Liberal government cleared the immigration backlog and expedited visa processing. Many echoed the same thoughts and said that the Liberals should be given another chance. Some callers were hopeful that Trudeau will get a majority to form the government after the October 21 election. A few callers said that the Liberals have done nothing other than immigration. A caller highlighted that the Liberals apologized for the Komagata Maru incident and said that the Liberals’ immigration policies are supporting Punjabis. A caller said that his daughter, who is studying at Ryerson University, insisted that he vote for the Liberals. The daughter said that due to the Conservatives’ funding cuts, the whole college has decided to vote for the Liberals.

Canadian Muslims urged to vote – Urdu

PRINT – Urdu Post (Weekly) – Toronto, 17/10/2019 – OPINION, Urdu

Tariq Makhdoomi – Political activities in Toronto are at a peak. Every federal political party is trying to get as many seats as possible in Toronto. However, anti-Islam and anti-immigrant groups have also come up. In different areas, Muslim and immigrant candidates have been harassed. In Scarborough, Liberal candidate Salma Zahid’s posters were burned, while in East York, Nadirah Nazeer’s posters were torn. In Brampton, Sikh candidate Navjit Kaur was taken for a Muslim due to her head scarf, and hate comments were written on her posters. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was told to take off his turban. According to political analysts, anti-immigrant groups are coming up openly in the GTA. The right-wing People’s Party of Canada also nominated candidates, even though its candidates have no chance of winning. Different Islamic and social groups have appealed to the Muslim community to cast their votes and vote for a candidate who is really sincere and wants to do something for them.

Is voting a right or duty? – Tamil

PRINT – Canada Ulahathamilar (Weekly) – Toronto, 20/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Tamil

Sami Appathurai – In a people’s government, the votes cast by the people decide the government. As such, those who have voting rights become those who decide the welfare of permanent residents (who do not have voting rights), those who are under the age of 18, those who do not have voting rights (temporarily) [sic]. In such a situation, when the majority of those who have the right to vote do not cast their votes, the election victory may not be the actual victory. The person who lost in the election could have won if all those who did not vote decided to cast their votes. Justin Trudeau is trying to relax some immigration regulations, thereby enabling many permanent residents to get Canadian citizenship, and make them partners [sic]. In the meantime, new immigrants are not interested in politics. They do not care about who rules the country. Those from low-income groups also do not show an interest in politics. Some are demanding voting rights for permanent residents. Since 2004, prisoners can also vote in Canadian elections.

Voting day – Somali

RADIO – CHIN AM 1540 Somali (Weekly) – Toronto, 19/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Somali

Canadians take to the polls on Monday, October 21, 2019. As Somali Canadians, it is of vital importance that Somalis across the country exercise their political right and vote for the most responsible party to run the nation. Questions such as who is for our youth, what is to be done about education, social reform (proper rehabilitation for convicted youths) and immigration are of utmost concern. It is evident what a Conservative leader looks like at the provincial level, in Ontario. Let us not have that painted across the country, at the federal level. The Conservative Party promises to implement stern immigration measures, which is not favourable to Somalis, like extended family members and those awaiting immigration status. Many communities across Ontario have been negatively affected by policy changes under the Conservative government, from healthcare to education. Let us not vote for a party that promises to lay down difficult measures for many communities across Canada, not just Somalis. All those eligible to vote, please do vote on Monday. Polls are open from 9 am to 9 pm. Make sure you know where to vote.

Canadian voting strategy, inconvenience is no longer a reason – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily7) – Vancouver, 16/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Career Engine – October 14 was the last day of advance polls for the Canadian election. For many Chinese Canadians, the various voting guides have caused a great deal of confusion. Many of them do not know how to vote, so they just give up their ballot and do not participate. Elections Canada has sent out 28 million voter cards to eligible voters in advance. If you did not receive one, you should inquire with the agency right away. In the federal election, voters are not directly voting for the next prime minister. A majority government is determined by the number of ridings won by a particular party. In 2019, Canada has a total of 338 ridings, and the party that wins the most seats will become the majority government, and the leader of that party will become the next prime minister. However, many voters choose to give up their right to vote. Due to their lack of participation, many voters get upset with the outcome of the election. The author urges voters to vote so they do not regret it later. Voters can refer to the voter cards for voting location and date. Make sure to bring a piece of photo ID along that proves your address. If the ID does not have a corresponding address, a recent bill or statement may be provided to prove the voter’s identity.

Reflecting on Canada’s diversity – Caribbean

PRINT – EqualityNews (Weekly) – Toronto, 17/10/2019 – EDITORIAL, English

By this time next week, we will have a new government in Canada. But whoever forms government will owe a whole lot to the ethnic communities in this country. You will have noticed that in many of the ethnic enclaves, such as Scarborough and Brampton in the GTA, most of the parties turned to ethnic minority candidates to woo voters. This is not unexpected. But it is strange, given that some of these parties are running on platforms that seem anti-immigrant. Worse, historically the same minority candidates who bring in the votes to put particular parties into power are rarely reflected in the corridors of power when it comes to cabinet appointments. (Indeed, up to now only Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have ensured that Canada’s diversity has been properly reflected in Cabinet.) This is an issue we think voters should address with the party leaders vying for our votes in the last days of this election. If they understand the value of ethnic candidates to win votes, shouldn’t those same people be allowed to bring their unique perspectives to Cabinet when the time comes?

Justin Trudeau’s secret plan to legalize hard drugs – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 11/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Wang Luo – Recently, the federal Conservatives have promoted several advertisements on Facebook that target the Chinese population. According to the Conservatives, if Justin Trudeau is re-elected, he will likely legalize hard drugs. In early October, the Conservatives published a bilingual Facebook post that reads: “Do you want Justin Trudeau to legalize hard drugs in your community?” The poster calls on the Chinese community to stop Trudeau’s plan and to ensure children’s safety by voting for the Conservatives. On October 10, the Conservatives continued with their advertisements, publishing Mandarin and Cantonese versions of campaign commercials. The content is once again focused on Trudeau legalizing hard drugs.

Chinese users have presented mixed reactions to these posts. Some were angered by Trudeau’s plan, and some criticized the Conservatives for circulating rumours. In reality, there is no evidence that the Liberals are actually going to legalize hard drugs. Liberal spokesperson Guy Gallant clarified that legalizing all drugs is not a plan of the party. The Conservatives denied their attempt to use “decriminalization” and “legalization” interchangeably to confuse voters.

Earlier this year, two Canadians were detained in China, and the incident reflected the severity of the offence of drug trafficking. Individuals caught drug trafficking in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand face death sentences. When Trudeau announced the legalization of marijuana, it was obvious that many Asian Canadians were unhappy with the policy. The Conservatives’ move to mislead voters on the topic of drug legalization is a risky move in this competitive and ugly election.

Exposing false information which misleads Chinese voters – Chinese

WEB – Chinese Readers (Weekly) – Vancouver, 13/10/2019 – NEWS, Chinese

Jia Xi Wang ( reported that during the federal election, in addition to various parties exposing some scandals involving the opponents, there is also often misleading information in campaign debates or ads. The Vancouver Sun published an article that exposed the Conservative Party for running Chinese ads on Facebook, and it is suspected of using fake news to mislead Chinese voters. The ad read: “(Liberal Leader Justin) Trudeau has already legalized marijuana, he now plans to legalize hard drugs! If you want to get the latest in Chinese, please press Like on our Facebook page.” However, the Liberal Party did not bring up the legalization of drugs, it only brought up decriminalization, and even included references to the Portuguese model. The Conservatives are denying a deliberate attempt to confuse voters by using “decriminalization” and “legalization” interchangeably.

[consultant note: the Conservative Party attack ad was found on on the home page and every single article today]