PRINT – Swadesh (Weekly) – Toronto, 25/10/2019 – EDITORIAL, Gujarati
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.