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.

 

Ethnic Media Election Coverage 13-20 October

This week about 170 election-related articles were analysed.

Major issues covered:

Campaign: The large increase in advance voting was widely covered. The likely impact in Ontario over the Ford government’s unpopularity continued to be subject of analysis. There were a number of articles on candidate signs being defaced. Planned Conservative spending cuts were noted along with criticism of their impact by the Liberal and NDP leaders. There were a number of articles on non-citizens receiving voting cards and related voter fraud. The overall emphasis by the Liberals and Conservatives on negative messaging was noted.

Immigration: The discussion of immigration-related issues in the Leader’s debate was widely covered along with party platform commitments. Issues receiving the most coverage were asylum seekers, the Safe Third Country Agreement and immigration levels. Commentary included these critiques of the Liberal government:

“Now, the Liberals will open a new door for immigration fraud by welcoming 5,000 people every year under an immigration project. If the Liberals come into power, they will empower local communities across Canada to directly sponsor new immigrants for Canadian permanent residence. This program will allow local communities, chambers of commerce and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants. Trudeau’s Liberals also plan to make the successful Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) permanent, with both the AIP and the new Municipal Nominee Program to be allocated a minimum of 5,000 spaces per year. A new door will be opened for immigration fraud with the opening of this program. Travel agents and human smugglers will violate this program and corruption will rise at the city level.” (Punjabi, Khabarnama Punjabi Weekly)

“Hussen has turned his back on the approximately one million (500,000 in Ontario alone) completely integrated workers unable to obtain legal immigration status in Canada, allowing them to be deported. His pilot programs have been a failure. Strangely, Hussen came to Canada without papers. Italian-, Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking voters in Hussen’s riding should ask him why he does not offer their brothers and sisters the same acceptance he received some years ago. (Italian, former immigration minister Joe Volpe in Corriere Canadese, Note: numbers unsubstantiated))

Ethnic vote: Coverage was dominated by commentary and discussion regarding differences in political attitude between Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese and the partially related issue of lower voting rates between Chinese origin Canadians and other minorities. Punjabi media focussed on efforts by Punjabis living in India to influence Canadian Punjabis to vote Liberal. The Canadian-Muslim Vote (TCMV) initiative received widespread coverage. There were also stories regarding efforts to encourage Tamil Canadians to vote, the relative low level of voting and political participation by Latino Canadians and the comparative under-representation of visible minorities in cabinet:

“A local commentator pointed out that Chinese people whose mother tongue is Cantonese is higher than Mandarin-speaking Chinese people, second generation immigrants are more enthusiastic about voting than first-generation immigrants, and also immigrants from Hong Kong and Taiwan are more into the federal elections. Vancouver current affairs commentator Yu Minghui said that after each federal election, Elections Canada conducts an analysis, and Chinese voter turnout is usually 10% lower than the average of all ethnic groups. According to government figures, among Chinese voters, native Cantonese speakers have higher voter turnout. He thinks this is mainly because Cantonese-speaking immigrants came to Canada for relatively longer period of time, and most of them have naturalized, whereas native Mandarin speakers are in Canada for relatively shorter period of time, and a considerable number of them have not yet naturalized. Also, according to his observations, some Mandarin speakers might be thinking they will return to live in China, and have not considered Canada to be a place to live in the long term, therefore they have no will to vote.” (Chinese, dushi.ca)

“But the case is reversed this year. Now people in India are calling their relatives in Canada and are urging them to vote for Trudeau in the federal elections. Many Punjabi people have obtained a Canadian visa in recent years and they want Trudeau to win again so that the Canadian doors always remains open for them. On the other hand, some people from Punjab are urging their friends and relatives in Canada to take the historic opportunity and vote for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Meanwhile, it has been found that Punjabis in Canada are listening to the voting recommendations, but in the end they prefer to cast their votes of their own accord.” (Punjabi, Khabarnama Punjabi Weekly).

“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?” (Caribbean, EqualityNews)

Candidates:

Regional all candidates’ meetings took place in Brampton and Vancouver.

An article noted that there were three Romanian Canadian candidates, Lizabel Nitoi for the Bloc Quebecois (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin), Corneliu Chisu (former CPC MP, Pickering Uxbridge) and Eugen Vizitiu (Mississauga Lakeshore) for the PPC.

  • Brampton Centre: Jordan Boswell, NDP candidate, was interviewed, with the focus being on the need for a new area hospital.
  • Brampton East: Ramona Singh, CPC candidate, was interviewed. Fringe candidate, Partap Dua, leader of the Fourth Front, received coverage.
  • Brampton North: Ruby Sahota, Liberal incumbent and candidate, was interviewed with her citing the Liberal economic and immigration record as reasons for re-electing her.
  • Brampton South: Ramandeep Brar, CPC candidate, was interviewed, with him noting the Conservatives were not anti-immigrant but were concerned about asylum seekers:

“Brar said that it’s a chain that goes from gun and gang violence to the border, and from Roxham Road to immigration.” (Hindi, CMR FM 101.3 Voice Radio Hindi)

Mandeep Kaur, NDP candidate, was interviewed.

  • Brampton West: Murarilal Thapliyal, CPC candidate, was interviewed with the focus being on the need for a new hospital and university campus.
  • Burnaby North-Seymour: The removal of Heather Leong as a Conservative candidate after the nomination deadline continued to receive coverage.
  • Burnaby South: Jay Shin, CPC candidate, was interviewed, stating that:

“Not only Koreans, but also Chinese-Canadians from mainland China are supporting him, based on the Conservative platform to decrease income tax for low income earners, he said. Shin is optimistic to unseat NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.” (Korean, Vancouver Chosun Ilbo)

  • Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa: Kate Storey, Green candidate, apologized for calling Canada’s temporary foreign worker program ‘modern-day slavery’ during a debate.
  • Edmonton Mill Woods: The issue of whether a candidate needed to be resident in his or her riding was discussed, with the example of CPC candidate (and former MP) Tim Uppal’s plans to live in Ottawa regardless of the election outcome (Uppal was defeated in 2015 by Liberal minister Amarjeet Sohi by only 92 votes).
  • Etobicoke North: Renata Ford, PPC candidate, and wife of former mayor Rob Ford was mentioned alongside the PPC’s restrictive approach to immigration.
  • Markham-Thornhill: Alex Yuan, CPC candidate, participated in a media conference that stated the “Liberals are really the party that is lying to Canadians on hard drugs legalization.” (Cantonese, Fairchild TV British Columbia)
  • Port Moody Coquitlam: Nelly Shin, CPC candidate, was interviewed.

Social media: Coverage was dominated by the Chinese messaging service WeChat not complying with the legal requirement to set up an ad registry along with circulation of Conservative attack ads on WeChat and Facebook falsely claiming that a re-elected Liberal government would legalize “hard drugs”. Coverage of other social media disinformation was largely related to immigration and refugees:

“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.” (Chinese, Van People)

China: Chinese language coverage focussed on Conservative leader Scheer’s critique of the Liberal government’s handling of Canada-China relaxations along with the other party leader positions on how they would improve relations with China. Finance minister Morneau’s comments on Canada-China relations were also covered.

Foreign interference: The publication by Canadian Friends of Hong Kong of an online guide to assist voters assess whether candidates are too close to China was covered, along with Canada-Hong Kong Link‘s call for Parliament to adopt stronger legislation to reduce foreign interference.

Healthcare: Brampton-area candidates continued to raise the need for an additional hospital in Brampton with Finance Minister Morneau stating that healthcare was a provincial responsibility.

Citizenship: Coverage included the number of Syrian refugees who were eligible for citizenship (13,790 applications, 606 new citizens and voters). The deadlines for Canadian expatriates in Hong Kong to register to vote was also covered.

Indigenous: The large number of Indigenous candidates running was noted along with the relative lack of attention being paid to Indigenous issues.

Other: There was further commentary on the Leaders’ debates along with mention of Treasury Board President Murray’s use of WeChat in the campaign while her official advice to MPs and the public service not to use WeChat given that its lack of encryption makes it vulnerable to interception and unauthorized dissemination.

Andrew Griffith, ethnic media provided by MIREMS

From National Post: After accusing Tories of fear-mongering in Chinese-language ads, Liberals face same question

The Liberals said the Conservatives were stealing from the ‘American right-wing playbook’ by ‘spreading false information to scare and mislead voters’

After accusing Conservatives of fearmongering in Chinese-language election ads, the Liberals are now facing questions about whether they’re guilty of doing the same thing.

A Liberal party ad posted on Facebook this week features a prominent picture of a rifle and a tagline that says “The Conservative Party wants looser gun regulation.” An accompanying caption says: “Once the Conservative Party takes power, these assault rifles will spread through the streets. The Liberal Party will strengthen gun control, and crack down on gun crime.”

Asked Thursday by a Global News reporter if the Liberals were engaged in the spread of disinformation just like they had accused the Conservatives of doing, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said: “We have made the commitment to ban military-style assault weapons across this country. (Conservative Leader) Andrew Scheer has clearly said he will not. Indeed, he wants to reverse some of the changes we made to render it easier for people to access weapons.”

Liberal party spokesman Joe Pickerill later added by email: “We will always make sure our position is clear and available to everyone and contrast that to what the Conservatives are proposing so Canadians have access to the facts.”

But Conservative party spokesman Simon Jefferies said the ad was “nothing but more lies.” He went on to outline Scheer’s plans to tackle violent crime and gun crime, including ending automatic bail for gang members, ensuring prison time for possessing a smuggled firearm and creating stronger background checks for gun licences. He did not, however, say anything about the party’s plans to change access to guns themselves.

Just last week, it was the Liberals who accused the Conservatives of using scare tactics in various Chinese-language ads.

A Liberal Facebook ad in Chinese attacks Andrew Scheer’s gun policy. Liberal Party of Canada/Facebook

 

One ad on Facebook featured an image of someone using a razor blade to cut white powder. “Previously, Trudeau legalized marijuana, and now he plans to legalize hard drugs!” the caption read. A similar ad also reportedly appeared on the popular Chinese-language messaging platform WeChat.

A related Facebook video stated that the Liberals “intend to legalize hard drugs, just like they legalized marijuana. Only Scheer’s Conservatives can stop Trudeau’s hard drug legalization plan and protect the safety of our children.”

 

The Liberals said at the time that the Conservatives were stealing from the “American right-wing playbook” by “spreading false information to scare and mislead voters.” Trudeau has previously stated he has no plans to pursue further decriminalization of drugs.

But Jefferies cited video clips in which Trudeau states he is not considering legalizing hard drugs “right now” or “at this time.”

“If Justin Trudeau tells us precisely when he is going to legalize dangerous drugs we will amend our advertisements to reflect this new information,” he said.

Asked by the Post if both parties were guilty of fearmongering, representatives did not respond. They also would not say why certain ads were being put out in Chinese language only.

Niraj Sinha, founder and CEO of Maple Diversity Communications, said both parties are clearly attempting to influence the growing numbers of Chinese voters, particularly in Ontario and B.C.

This Conservative Chinese-language ad alleges that the Liberals are going to legalize hard drugs. Conservative Party of Canada/Facebook

Traditional Eastern cultures, she said, tend to view drugs and guns differently than the West. Research has shown that Chinese immigrants tend to cite well-being and opportunities for their children as the primary reason for their immigration to Canada.

“Drugs and guns can be something directly relatable to their younger generations. That’s why this Chinese segment (even South Asians) will view it more sensitively,” she said.

Andres Machalski, president of MIREMS International, an ethnic-media monitoring company, said the ads appeared to be a “desperate expression of the lack of real distinction between the party platforms in many issues that concern immigrants.”

“What for me is astounding is the fact that Canadian politicians have so little respect for the intelligence of our ethnic communities that they think they can dupe them with fake claims about their opponents’ platforms. And that is a crime against democracy in my view.”

Douglas Quan
Douglas Quan

Translation provided by Niko Bell

Original article posted in National Post: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/election-2019/after-accusing-tories-of-fear-mongering-in-chinese-language-ads-liberals-face-same-question

 

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.