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 (westca.com) 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 51.ca on the home page and every single article today]

 

Discussion on voter participation – Spanish

RADIO – CHIN 91.9 FM Spanish (Daily) – Toronto, 15/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Spanish

Silvia Mendez, Eric Sifuentes – Radio host Eric Sifuentes said that many people were surprised that the advance voting polls were open on Thanksgiving Monday, but a lot of people did vote. It was a historic day in terms of voter participation, with a 25% higher voter turnout than in 2015. Sifuentes said it’s a close election and no one knows what’s going to happen on October 21.

Radio host Silvia Mendez said that people are saying it’s time to assemble together because more is more. She noted that red doesn’t go so badly with orange after all on the colour wheel. Sifuentes said that orange has made a romantic overture to red in order to form a coalition and prevent blue from winning. Trudeau and Singh tried to avoid commenting further on this on Monday. Sifuentes added that we will see if journalists keep asking about this on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives and Liberals are neck and neck in the polls. Silvia Mendez called upon Latinos to get out in a large bloc and vote. Sifuentes said that unfortunately the Latino community doesn’t vote and that voting doesn’t matter enough to Latinos. The Latino community doesn’t have the same level of voter participation as other communities. According to Sifuentes, this is partially why some things are missing for the Latino community, such as representation in Parliament.

Silvia Mendez said that Latinos who live in Canada, but who are not citizens and therefore cannot vote, can participate in other ways like supporting candidates by door knocking and discussing issues within the community. Sifuentes said that for the community who gets up at 4am to work long hours to get ahead and be strong, people need to take this seriously and participate. Sifuentes hears a deafening silence from many people in his community, while other people say it doesn’t interest them. However, Silvia Mendez has faith in the Latino vote and that they are going to make a difference.

The Canadian-Muslim Vote launches “Muslim Vote Weekend” – Muslim

WEB – Muslim Link (Monthly) – Ottawa, 09/10/2019 – NEWS, English

Canadian Muslim Vote – The Canadian-Muslim Vote (TCMV) is launching its “Muslim Vote Weekend” campaign on Friday, October 11, 2019, with Get Out the Vote sermons in over 100 mosques across six provinces and territories. The campaign will mobilize Muslim voters to the Advance Polls over the Thanksgiving Weekend. Over 130 “Campaign-in-a-Box” all-in-one, do-it-yourself kits have been sent to volunteers at mosques from Whitehorse to Halifax to educate Muslim voters and bring them to the polls. TCMV Executive Director Ali Manek said, “The Muslim Vote Weekend is one of the ways The Canadian-Muslim Vote is breaking down barriers to voting by getting our community to the polls early and making sure they are registered and educated on how and where to vote. Our campaign volunteers have had a million touch-points with community members this election with the message that we speak the loudest when we vote. Our community survey shows we can expect a higher Muslim turnout this election than the general average.”

Indians trying to influence Canadian voters – Punjabi

RADIO – CHTO AM 1690 Hulchul Radio (Daily) – Toronto, 09/10/2019 – PHONE IN, Punjabi

A caller said that Akhand Paths (continuous recitation of sacred religious texts in Sikhism) are being organized in Punjab, India for the victory of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party in federal elections. Some people even say that anyone who votes for the NDP or any other party will be considered traitors. Host Sandip Bhatti said that he also heard about Akhand Paths urging voting for and supporting Trudeau. At the time of the election in India, the Indian community in Canada called on people in India to vote for a specific party or candidates of our choice. We even visit India to help them in their elections. When we interfere to influence voters in India, the people in India can also try to interfere in Canadian elections.

Who was the winner of the English language debate? – Tamil

WEB – Yarl Inayam (Daily) – London (Ontario), 09/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Tamil

Sivathasan – The English language debate, which lasted for two hours, was not as interesting or fiery as expected. The debate could be compared to a competition that involved two rabbits and four tortoises. While the two rabbits were fighting among themselves, Jagmeet Singh (a tortoise) won easily. The SNC-Lavalin weapon has lost its sharpness after frequent use. The counter weapon of “employment for Canadians,” which Trudeau used against the SNC-Lavalin weapon, has also lost its sharpness. The only notable point in the debate was when Sheer said, “He can’t even remember how many times he put blackface on… Mr. Trudeau, you are a phony, you are a fraud. You don’t deserve to lead this country.” All these debates could achieve one thing – making Trudeau the prime minister of Canada once again – not due to Trudeau’s ability, but due to the others’ inability.

 

No Chinese components mentioned in the Canadian election – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 07/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Image source:  DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

For a democratic country, the federal election is to determine what the greater community wants for the future. Various political parties will build their platforms around what the majority of Canadians favour. If we look into the platforms of each political party, we can tell what are some of the topics that voters care about. The American election influences the Canadian elections in some ways, especially on the topic of the threat of China. Both the Republicans and the Democrats see China as a threat to their country. With Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest being such a huge controversy in Canada, it was surprising to see that nothing related to this topic was mentioned by Canadian political leaders during the campaign trail. Canadian parties and voters mostly care about issues that impact Canada internally, such as the economy, the environment, health care, child welfare, gun regulation, housing, immigration, and the budget deficit. There was no single party that discussed how to resolve the challenges between Canada and China’s relationship. There was also no single news outlet that asked candidates to discuss this topic either. To the Chinese Canadians, this is very unbelievable. They care a lot about Meng’s case and the relationship between Canada and China. But the parties decided not to speak about it entirely. This is viewed as normal if we understood how the majority of Canadians feel about the current economy and the community. First of all, Canadians do not care about China, but they also do not care about the rest of the world. The parties are not discussing China because this is not a topic that voters care about.

Ahmed Hussen, purveyor of untruths, must resign – Italian

PRINT – Corriere Canadese (Daily5) – Toronto, 07/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Italian

Joe Volpe – The Law Society Tribunal has rejected claims by an unknown plaintiff against immigration lawyer Richard Boraks and the Undocumented Workers Committee with regard to a pilot project to help construction workers – many of them Brazilian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish or Hispanic – unable to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. In 2016, former immigration minister John McCallum proposed a pilot project to address the situation of the employers and employees in question. He established a caucus committee to assist in the process. MPs Julie Dzerowicz and Peter Fonseca were initially active in promoting the project. The new immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, made all the right confirmational statements until the end of 2017. However, in 2018 he began denying the program ever existed, and the MPs followed suit. The Immigration Department began removal proceedings against applicants. As the Law Society Tribunal’s decision shows, the statements and actions promoted by Hussen and his colleagues were not supported by facts. This, Joe Volpe says, is unacceptable and unjustifiable in our democratic process. It is now up to the voters – especially Portuguese and Italians – to mete out justice for the psychological and economic damage done to the deported families and their employers. A cartoon shows headshots of Hussen, Dzerowicz and Fonseca forming a triangle with the words “Deceit, disinformation and dissimulation” in it and “Go away!” beneath it.