PRINT – Hamdard Daily – Toronto, 24/08/2019 – News, Punjabi
Canada’s most highly circulated newspaper, The Toronto Star, has come under some serious heat for an insensitive tweet about NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.
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Canada’s most highly circulated newspaper, The Toronto Star, has come under some serious heat for an insensitive tweet about NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. A now-deleted tweet about him says, “What issues are close to your heart? Where is the best place to get butter chicken roti? The people want to know.” The Sikh community was quick to cry foul, saying that the tweet ranged from being insensitive to flat-out racist. The tweet only increases in its ridiculousness once one realizes that Singh is a practising Sikh, which means that he abstains from eating meat.
Only 60 days are left until the federal elections, and during this time, any racial comment against a particular religion can change the community’s mind. Generally, the Punjabi community has been called Liberal supporters. During the 2015 general elections, 18 Punjabi MPs were elected, and four of them became cabinet ministers. However, now that Jagmeet Singh has been targeted from a religious angle, the possibility of change in the situation cannot be ruled out.