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.

 

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.”