WEB – Van People (Daily7) – Vancouver, 29/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese
Chic Vancouver – After the federal election, Chinese social media platforms have been flooded with opposing views. However, a new topic for debate has surfaced. Left-wing Chinese Canadians are blaming their right-wing counterparts for not following Canada’s values, being short-sighted, and are annoyed by their ways of voting. So what counts as knowing how to vote? The federal government recently released a special voting guide for Muslims, which has upset a lot of Chinese Canadians. Canadian values are more left-wing, this is evident from the nine million votes received by the Liberals, the NDP, and the Green Party combined. In comparison, right-wing parties such as the Conservatives and the People’s Party only received six million votes in total. Because the system is democratic, right-wing Chinese Canadians can still voice their disagreement with left-wing values. Canada needs critical thinkers and active participants in the voting debate. After the election, many left-wing Chinese media were showing off that they chose the winning party, while blaming the right-wing Chinese voters for not being open-minded. But if voters did not vote based on the values they believe in, then what is the point of voting? Speaking of the Muslim voting guide, three scholars from Wilfred Laurier University came together to summarize the party leaders’ performance on key issues. People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier failed in all categories, which is also the reason why he was not elected this election. This election guide not only provided the Muslim community guidance but also inspired other Canadian citizens, encouraging them to rethink several social issues in Canada.
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A. Gladkov – The author says that in the election, Canada voted for the Conservative Party – and lost. Thirty-five per cent of Canadians voted for the Tories and 33 per cent, or about a quarter million fewer people, for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Nonetheless, the Liberals are in power again. The trick is that the government’s fate is not decided by the ratio of votes received but by the number of constituencies won. Here the Liberals are ahead: they have 157 MPs and the Conservatives 121.
The author believes that nowadays in Canada, any party that does not agree with the replacement of legal immigration with illegal migration, with carbon taxes to save the planet, and with prosperity at the expense of future generations has less and less chance of winning the election. The author says, “All of the above is the essence of ‘progressive’ policy, and, of course, sooner or later Canadians will fully experience the consequences of such a choice.
The blame for the defeat lies with the Conservatives themselves. Andrew Scheer was unable to compete effectively with Justin Trudeau. How could he lose against the Liberal Party leader who was tarnished by high-profile scandals?” In addition, the author says, the Conservative Party’s program consists of an overblown set of promises in which key ideas are drowned. For the most part, these promises do not differ fundamentally from Liberal ones, with the exception of the abolition of “climate fees” and the restriction of illegal migration.
The author believes that in order to win, the Conservatives need a clear idea that outlines the contours of the future in which Canadians will wish to exist – and they seem to need a different leader. In the meantime, the author concludes, Canada will follow the same path: an increasingly left-wing, supposedly “progressive,” policy that actually goes against the needs and interests of most of the country’s residents.
Manuel da Costa – What does this election really represent? It is a minority government, which most think is good for the country, but is it? Justin Trudeau did not win the election. The other parties lost it with poorly run campaigns and policies that were not good for Canadians but to protect politicians’ jobs. This election revealed attitudes and structural deficiencies in a country that will be difficult to repair with this Prime Minister and supporting seals.
As a result of divisionary policies, the country is more fragmented than ever. The seeds of racism and separation have again seeded in Quebec, and your taxes are paying for it. The West feels ignored and unappreciated, and separatist sentiments will rise because only Quebec matters for the country. In the end, we ended up with a minority government that will fall apart within the next two years. Ottawa is a cauldron for egomaniacs, and there will be no cooperation between the parties, which do not serve the population but only themselves.
This country does not care about ethics, integrity or fiscal responsibility, so why bother with the 40 days of an election? I am going to the mountain and reflect if I want to continue to drink the same potion that is being handed out by politicians content to wave their hands but in fact giving us the finger. The act of resurrection for the country did not happen on Monday, October 21. Prepare yourselves for the usual crap.
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There is no way to tell if any of the ethnic media coverage made a difference to the final result, which saw the Liberals fall short of a majority by 13 seats, but gave the Conservatives a plurality of the votes. Photo: [Liberal Party of Canada]
NCM News Desk Analysis
Canada’s immigrant communities went to the polling booths on Oct. 21 just as divided as the rest of Canada, unsure whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deserved another term in office or if Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer or the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh could be trusted to run the country.
In the end, the Pagini Romanesti published in Romanian from Montreal, perhaps summed up the election results best: “Canadians do not hate him [Trudeau] enough to show him the exit door.” Another telling comment came from a Punjabi radio station in Oakville, Ont., where host Kamandeep Singh Gill saw the Liberal win as an answer to prayer: “People outside Canada, especially Punjab, were praying for a Trudeau win. Their prayers and phone calls have been answered.”
New Canadian Media reviewed 146 ethnic media summaries provided by monitoring service MIREMS for the Oct. 18 to 25 period. Few media organizations appeared to endorse particular parties or candidates, but several encouraged their audience to go out and vote. A Tamil publication, the Canada Ulahathamilar weekly published from Toronto, had an article headlined “Voting: right or duty?” where they reminded readers that not voting could result in an unfavourable outcome for the immigrant community.
The Tamil paper was among the few that seemed to offer guidance to its readers, arguing that the Liberals were trying to “relax” immigration rules so that more permanent residents could become citizens and thus avail voting rights. The Conservatives, they said, are seen as champions of English and French-speaking Canadians, while being less friendly to refugees, immigrants and minorities.
However, at the other extreme, the Chinese Sing Tao in Vancouver said their community is “dissatisfied” with the Liberals over the way they are handling China relations, cannabis legislation and gay rights. The Chinese Readers weekly, also from Vancouver, weighed in for the Conservatives, alluding to the historically low turnout among those of Chinese origin. Virtually every media organization serving the Chinese diaspora in Canada moaned their audience’s lack of participation in politics and their seemingly marginal role in influencing policy.
Media monitoring company MIREMS’ President Andrés Machalski says:
“For me, the conversations that distinguished the ethnic media coverage were the ones on Canada’s foreign policy and its connection to homeland politics. Just look at the two largest communities: People in India prayed for Trudeau’s victory, Chinese Canadians debated decisions based on the Hong Kong – Mainland conflict or each party’s position on Canada – China relations — subjects all parties did their best to avoid.”
Focus on the Chinese diaspora
Interestingly, this large diaspora community was in the crosshairs for at least one party, the Conservatives, who ran controversial ads on the Chinese WeChat social media platform saying that the Liberals would legalize “hard drugs” if they won another mandate. These ads came in for criticism not just in Chinese-language media, but also in other languages like the Goniec published in Polish from Toronto.
The ongoing protests in Hong Kong was mentioned as part of election coverage by several media outlets serving this large immigrant community, but opinion on both relations with China and how Canada should respond to the demands of the Hong Kong people was divided. Cai Hongan, a commentator for Chinese Readers, called these policy issues a “minefield” for all parties, while Vancouver People, an online outlet serving the Chinese community, did a report on the parties’ positions on Hong Kong and found the Liberals “the weakest”.
Several media outlets also took note of the fact that most candidates of Chinese origin come from Hong Kong, as opposed to Taiwan or mainland China. Sing Tao from Vancouver offered an opinion the day before the election speculating on a minority government. The paper said that the Liberals are good for the middle-class, while the Conservatives are better for the rich.
There is no way to tell if any of this coverage made a difference to the final result, which saw the Liberals fall short of a majority by 13 seats, but gave the Conservatives a plurality of the votes. The media serving the Chinese community said after the vote that there didn’t seem to have been an uptick in the turnout despite the momentous choices facing them, but 51.ca in Toronto did not mince words in its verdict: “Trudeau defeated his anti-China rival”.
The Chinese Readers had an interesting headline on Oct. 23: ‘Did China congratulate Trudeau?’ It quoted a China government spokesman responding to a reporter’s question, “We note the Canadian election result. We do not comment on it as it is Canada’s internal affair.”
One other theme that emerged from this NCM analysis was the mention of the “Ford factor” influencing the Conservative vote. On Oct. 18, writing in the Milenio Stadium weekly in Portuguese from Toronto, columnist Vincent Black predicted that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s poor popularity ratings would haunt Scheer’s chances. The day after the election, radio host Yudhwir Jaswal attributed the poor Conservative performance in Ontario to Ford, on South Asian Pulse radio from Mississauga.
Spinning the results
Our analysis revealed this nugget of insight on NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s poor performance, from a former Liberal minister and now publisher of Corriere Canadese in Italian, Joe Volpe:
“The NDP Leader, a turban-wearing Sikh, did not even make a dent in the Liberal Sikh fortress of Brampton-Mississauga. If he did not succeed in convincing his natural base to bet on him, why should we do so?”
Three days after the vote, the same paper crowed “Italian-Canadians keep Justin Trudeau afloat,” claiming that the number of Liberal Members of Parliament (MPs) voted from ridings with more than 10,000 voters of Italian origin went up from 24 to 25.
Similarly, the Korea Times Daily from Toronto celebrated the election of Nelly Shin for the Liberals in the riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam, B.C., while the editor-in-chief of Goniec in Polish moaned, “In Canada, we don’t know how to take care of our Polish interest.” The editor-in-chief of another Polish media outlet, Fakty Czas from Toronto, attributed “last-minute switches” for the loss of Polish-Canadian candidates, except Irek Kusmierczyk for the Liberals from Windsor – Tecumseh.
Silvia Mendez of CHIN Spanish radio from Toronto spoke of the success of several Latino candidates, including current Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez.
However, none were as impressive as the reporting by Hiiraan daily from Ottawa which serves the Somali community. Four Somali-Canadians, including current Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, were running, the paper reported, stressing that all four “were once refugees”. The Hamdard daily from Toronto took note of the large number of candidates of Indian origin who were running as candidates.
Speculating on a possible alliance between the Liberals and the NDP in the coming weeks, the Iranian Canadian daily from Thornhill in Farsi, said immigration was unlikely to be the subject of “hard bargaining” between the two parties given their similar views on receiving newcomers.
Off the beaten track
The NCM analysis revealed a few news reports that — shall we say — may raise eyebrows. Here they are, without comment:
The Asian Star reported from Vancouver on Oct. 19 a story headlined, “‘Filthy’ candidates in elections supporting Zionism, homosexuality, Canadian imam says”. The report quoted a sermon by Sheikh Younus Kathrada of Victoria, B.C., as saying on Oct. 11, “On Judgment Day, you will stand before Allah and be asked about it. If you plan on voting, ask yourself prepare the answer first — what am I going to tell Allah when Allah asks me: ‘You voted for that filthy non-Muslim, why?’”
Readers of a paper in Russian from Toronto, the Canadian Courier, wondered why Elections Canada uses pencils rather than pens to mark ballots, arguing that pencil marks can easily be erased. “The answer was simple: millions of pencils were much cheaper, and it is almost impossible to erase or correct the markings because observers from all political parties witness the vote-counting process.”
Lastly, a Tamil radio program from Toronto station CMR FM 101.3 warned its listeners against ‘fake news’ being spread through social media memes targeting Trudeau. The station cited a Liberal plan to implement sharia Islamic law in Canada following their re-election and reports that Trudeau had converted to Islam as examples of anti-Muslim lies.
This analysis has been created as a service to readers who wish to follow news and commentary in languages other than English and French, in partnership with MIREMS and diversityvotes.ca.MIREMS monitors 600 outlets and 30 language groups daily, by far the most comprehensive read of multicultural media available in Canada.
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Justin Trudeau is coming to power again as prime minister of Canada. But this time his government is a minority government. The only party that can help him get to the magic figure of 170 members in the 338 seat House of Commons is the NDP. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh had said even before the results that his party would support the Liberals to keep the Conservatives out of power in case of a minority government. Trudeau had relaxed immigration laws and Indians had derived the most benefit from that. That is likely to continue. Similarly, a Trudeau government will bring more MPs of Indian origin into the cabinet. The last cabinet had quite a few and they helped him get a respectable number of seats in this election. He might increase the number of Sikh members of his cabinet to get closer to the NDP, whose leader is a Sikh. The influence of the Sikh community is likely to increase in the Trudeau Government 2.0, which will also benefit Indians. Another article on p. 6 reports that 19 Indo-Canadians are among the winners in the federal election. The Punjabi community makes up only 3.5 percent of the Canadian population, but its influence in politics is much stronger. In this election, the Liberal party had the highest number of Punjabi candidates – 20 – in the field. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was another winner from the Punjabi community.
Did Shemini Atzeret affect Jewish voter turnout? – Jewish
WEB – Canadian Jewish News (Weekly) – Vaughan, 25/10/2019 – ARTICLE, English
Alex Rose – In the lead-up to the recent federal election, many Jews were concerned that the conflict between the election date and the holiday of Shemini Atzeret would lead to a lower proportion of observant Jews turning out to vote. After a concerted campaign by Jewish institutions to educate voters about their electoral options, and the opening of additional service points in ridings with large Jewish populations, Jewish candidates in those ridings were satisfied that the conflict did not hinder people from voting. However, some of the candidates believe the election date hindered their campaigns in other ways. “My concern was not being able to ensure that we get out the other 80 per cent of the riding who would be able to vote on Shemini Atzeret, because you need an army of volunteers to do that,” said Chani Aryeh-Bain, an Orthodox woman and the Conservative candidate in Toronto’s Eglinton-Lawrence riding. Around one-fifth of voters in that riding are Jewish, she said, and of those, about a quarter are observant. Aryeh-Bain took Elections Canada’s chief electoral officer to court over the summer, in an unsuccessful attempt to get the election date moved, arguing that it would affect both Jewish voters and her ability to campaign effectively. “Naturally, if my volunteers are primarily coming from my own community, which is Orthodox, then they’re not going to be able to help out on Shemini Atzeret, and I myself can’t be there,” she said. Anthony Housefather, the Jewish Liberal MP for the Montreal-area riding of Mount Royal, doesn’t believe the conflict affected the results in his riding. Housefather also said that if the Jewish community wanted the election date changed, the chief electoral officer should have been given more notice.
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PRINT – EqualityNews (Weekly) – Toronto, 25/10/2019 – EDITORIAL, English
Equality joins the immigrant communities in Canada in sending its congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal team in winning a second term in last Monday’s election. In spite of a strong challenge from Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, the Liberals managed to eke out enough seats to be assured a second term in office, albeit as a minority government. What this election proved, more than anything else, is that the immigrant vote cannot be dismissed as irrelevant or unimportant. In the cities where Trudeau won big, it was the immigrants who handed him his second term. In spite of the other parties running ethnic minority candidates by the dozens to try to woo that vote, at the end of the day it was the Liberals who won the day, as they were judged on their actions in their first term, not by the colour of their candidates’ skin. Trudeau, after all, was the first Prime Minister in Canadian history to include so many visible minorities in his cabinet. He also elevated some to the government’s most senior positions, including defence and immigration.
Federal candidates making Chinese names for themselves to gain the Chinese vote – Chinese
WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 23/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese
Here in UK – According to the 2016 Canadian census results, Chinese Canadians made up 5% of the total Canadian population. In Chinese populated ridings, Mandarin Chinese is becoming an important language. Therefore, some non-Chinese candidates will go as far as making a Chinese name for themselves to gain recognition and support from Chinese voters. Because of the different levels of language proficiency among non-Chinese politicians, the names they come up with also vary. Some are direct translations of how their name would sound in Chinese characters. Some created Chinese names that convey their political attitudes. The media has selected the top thirteen Chinese names from this year’s political candidates. In last place was Liberal candidate Neelam Brar. Critics felt that her name had no special meaning and does not leave an impression for Chinese voters because it was just a direct translation (Nilanmu Bula). The commentators were particularly impressed by Bridget Burns’s Chinese name (Peng Biyin), because the characters used reflect her political stance for the Green Party. The winner of the list was Liberal candidate Harjit Sajjan. His Chinese name, Shi Jun, represents persistence and gives voters a sense of dependability. It was a simple name but leaves an impression. This is not only an easy name to remember and understand for the Chinese community, but is easy to pick up by Chinese language beginners as well.
This week about 140 election-related articles were analysed, with about half prior to the election results.
Major issues covered:
Ethnic vote: Chinese, Italian, Latino, Muslim, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Somali and Tamil media all had articles on the importance of voting, the various initiatives to encourage voting and an analysis of the number of ridings where communities formed a higher percentage of the population.
Chinese language media focussed particularly on the relatively lower voting rates and thus political influence of Chinese Canadians compared to other groups and the different voting patterns between Hong Kong and mainland Chinese:
“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.” (Chinese, Fairchild Radio AM 1430 News Beat)
Italian media noted the success of Liberals in the 33 ridings where Italian Canadians numbered 10,000 or more. Polish media commentary noted a possible link with the defeat of two of three Polish Canadian candidates to their being under the banner of the Conservatives. Muslim media noted the re-election of Muslim candidates running under the Liberal banner. Somali media urged Somali Canadians to vote Liberal citing, the Ford government cuts in Ontario as a reason to vote Liberal.
An article in Russian media noted:
“…on Facebook, our compatriots [Russian-speaking Canadians], who are ardent fans of the Conservatives, are outraged that the crosses on the ballots had to be put in pencils. In their opinion, these marks would have been easy to erase. The newspaper asked experts why they [Elections Canada] didn’t use ink pens. The answer was simple: millions of pencils were much cheaper, and it is almost impossible to erase or correct the inscriptions because observers from all parties participate in the vote counting.” (Russian, Canadian Courier)
Results: General results coverage in all outlets surveyed largely mirrored mainstream media with more specific issue related covered under other headings.
Campaign: Coverage focussed in various media on the general importance of voting. In addition, there were a number of articles on the number of expatriates registered to vote, the ongoing invoking by the Liberals of Ontario Premier Ford as a reason to not vote Conservative and the overall negative tone of the campaign:
“Vote! The electoral campaign was confusing, marked by personal attacks, and also embarrassing lies. But you, the voters, are the ones who can bring the politicians to their feet on the ground, who must remind him [sic] that he is in your service, and not the other way around. You have on Monday, on voting day, an important opportunity to do so. Vote without having higher expectations from politicians than you would have from yourselves. They are people. They will make mistakes and they will not be able to be perfect, no matter the party. Any vote is good and important! Even the one made from the heart, the one made strategically, and the one made to punish the party or politician who disappointed you. There is no stupid vote in a democracy. Think about, if you still choose Canada as your adopted country, how you want the country to look, how you want to leave it for your children.” (Romanian, Pagini Romanesti)
Immigration: Coverage included a mix of party platform comparisons prior to the election and assessment that the re-election of the Liberal government meant few changes beyond the platform commitments.
“A caller said that many people have been highlighting Syrian refugees and international students, and have been linking increasing crime to it. Where are they now? He said all the issues were confined to radio shows. Responding to the caller, Kamandeep Gill said that the election result means we like the Liberals’ immigration policies. Some were talking about Justin Trudeau’s flexible immigration policies as a major issue. However, the results show that we actually want the same immigration policies to continue. A caller said that this election actually defeated divisive thinking and divisive politics. Another caller voiced the same thoughts and said that Indian-style divisive politics should not be encouraged in Canada.” (Punjabi, CJMR 1320 Desi Rang Morning)
Brampton South: NDP candidate Mandeep Kaur criticized the Liberal government for not addressing healthcare issues and the need for a second hospital. Conservative candidate Ramandeep Brar criticized the Liberal government for not meeting Brampton’s infrastructure needs along with the need for better integration of international students (both defeated).
Brampton West: While Liberal incumbent Kamal Khera (re-elected) defended the government’s record, Conservative candidate Murarilal Thapliyal committed to work towards meeting Brampton’s infrastructure needs.
Davenport: Julie Dzerowicz, Liberal incumbent, was profiled (re-elected).
Humber River-Black Creek: Judy Sgro, Liberal incumbent, was interviewed on immigration (re-elected).
Laval-les-Iles: The loss of Greek Canadian CPC candidate Tom Pentefountas was covered in Greek media.
Markham-Unionville: Alan Ho, Liberal candidate, was interviewed (re-elected).
Port Moody—Coquitlam: The victory of Nelly Shin, Conservative candidate and first Korean Canadian MP, was covered:
“Nelly Shin’s winning the seat in Parliament means a lot to Korean community in Canada. It would have been better if she were a Liberal candidate, but hopefully Shin will enhance her influence in politics and represent Korean-Canadians.” (Korean, The Korea Times Daily)
Scarborough-North: David Kong, Conservative candidate, was interviewed (defeated).
Scarborough-Rouge Park: Kingsley Kwok, NDP candidate, was interviewed (defeated).
Vaughan-Woodbridge: Francesco Sorbara, Liberal incumbent’s accusation that the Conservative Party claims the Liberals would increase property taxes and the carbon tax was covered (re-elected).
Vimy: Greek media covered the victory of Liberal Annie Koutrakis, noting the controversy over her replacement of previous Liberal MP, Eva Nassif.
York Centre: Andrea Vazquez Jimenez, NDP candidate was profiled (defeated).
China: There was considerable pre- and post-election discussion of relations with China, contrasting the positions of the Liberals and Conservatives, what was perceived as relative silence by the parties on Hong Kong/China issues, and the differences between Hong Kong and Mainland China origin Canadians on China-related issues:
“… U.S. President Trump congratulated Trudeau on Twitter: ‘Canada is well served over the past four years.’ The writer says that this feedback from the South comes as no surprise considering that Trudeau has been obedient to the U.S. After all, in the past four years, Canada’s economic and political interests have been closely tied with the United States – this can be seen when Canada dared to openly politically kidnap the executive of a foreign company. But this U.S. government believes in ‘America First’, so the writer says that being tied too tightly to such a government is bound to sacrifice a lot of this country’s (Canada’s) interests.” (Chinese, Chinese Readers)
Social media: The CPC WeChat ad and candidate comments falsely claiming that a Liberal government would legalize hard drugs was covered, along with an interview with PM Trudeau stating the government had no such plans.
Multiculturalism: The incident of an elderly couple being called Nazi scum by protesters at a Bernier event was covered, along with online rumours that PM Trudeau wanted to implement sharia law in Canada.
Third party: Articles noted that unions were the largest funders of third party election advertising.
Citizenship and others: An article noted the political importance of citizenship ceremonies in encouraging voting for the Liberals:
“The author said there were many people at the citizenship oath ceremony. There were seniors, babies, Indian immigrants, Arabic immigrants and some Chinese immigrants. There were a few dozen immigrants who were getting naturalized, and there were different skin colours and ethnicities and a huge range in age. A month after receiving the right to vote, the author’s family member cast their first vote in their lifetime. The author could not help but wonder about the other people who took the oath and became citizens that day; who would they vote for? After the election results came out, media outlets were asking how Trudeau achieved his revival. The author said he/she thinks those radio hosts must not have attended a citizenship oath ceremony in a very long time, otherwise they would have known that Trudeau’s victory could be foreseen at the naturalization events. You can almost say that, from the time of the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party has been preparing its vote inventory. The author provided more details and argued that the future of Canada belongs to the immigrants of Canada and that the one who controls immigration will be able to influence Canada’s future.” (Chinese, lahoo.ca)
Other issues included: housing costs, polling on the relative importance of issues and NDP leader Singh’s statement after the election that he would press hard for electoral reform.
Andrew Griffith, ethnic media provided by MIREMS
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WEB – The Korea Times Daily (Daily) – Toronto, 22/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Korean
Jongsu Yoo – Jongsu Yoo, a former professor of Algoma University, writes that the Liberals’ minority victory in the October 21 federal election was as expected. As a winner, the Liberals should take immediate action on the climate change. We cannot wait until the next generation will take it over. The carbon tax may add some financial burden to our daily life, but it is unavoidable if not too late. Meanwhile, the federal Conservatives’ candidate Nelly Shin’s winning the seat in Parliament means a lot to Korean community in Canada. It would have been better if she were a Liberal candidate, but hopefully Shin will enhance her influence in politics and represent Korean-Canadians.
Stanislaw Stolarczyk – Fakty-Czas editor in chief Stanislaw Stolarczyk discusses the outcome of the federal election and the outcome for the Polish-Canadian candidates of the various political parties. Stolarczyk says that the two main federal parties, Liberals and Conservatives, were running neck-to-neck to the finish line. Things changed on Friday, when the Globe and Mail reported that Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party has hired strategist Warren Kinsella and his firm Daisy Group to “seek and destroy” Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada. Stolarczyk wonders if this incident affected the chances of Polish Conservative candidates to enter Parliament? The Conservative Party was represented by the following Polish-Canadian candidates in Ontario: Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East – Cooksville), Ted Opitz (Etobicoke – Center) and well-known football player Peter Dyakowski (Hamilton – Mountain). They all lost, unfortunately. But Irek Kusmierczyk won a Liberal seat in Windsor-Tecumseh. Not Polish but very well known in the Polish community, Liberal incumbent Arif Virani will have a second term in the riding of Parkdale — High Park. Justin Trudeau is returning to 24 Sussex Drive as a Prime Minister, but this time he will have a minority government. Trudeau will have to look to the NDP to build a government.
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WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 22/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese
After twelve hours of voting, the federal Liberals won the election with 158 seats and Justin Trudeau was re-elected as prime minister. Canadian voters were extremely enthusiastic on voting day. The voter turnout also created a new record. There were approximately 4.7 million voters seen at the advance polls over the weekend, a 29% increase from the last election. Elections Canada received 21,842 ballots sent in by international voters, which also broke the record for the most international votes. In this year’s election, the turnout for Chinese voters also saw an increase. This means the Chinese community’s voice is being heard and their opinions are becoming more important. Chinese immigrants in Canada are no longer silent and are raising their voice through this election. Now that Trudeau is re-elected, the Chinese community is hopeful that they will keep their promises and guide Canada down a good path. The votes cast by Chinese Canadians have left a mark in Canadian history. Regardless of which party gets elected, no candidate will dare neglect the Chinese community’s voice any more.
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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.