2019 Elections – Portuguese

PRINT – Milenio Stadium (Weekly) – Toronto, 13/09/2019 – EDITORIAL, Portuguese

Milenio’s editorial by Manuel DaCosta says the 2019 elections are possibly one of the oddest in modern Canadian history because of the group running for office. The readers of Milénio Stadium may not recognize the names of some (candidates) but understand that these people exist and may be knocking on your door to get your vote. Currently the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck to neck in approval percentage, however, if an election was held today, the results would show a minority for the Liberals. The NDP campaign has been a disaster and some predict they will lose most of their seats to the Liberals with the Block Quebecois in 3rd and Green in fourth. The temperament of this election will become nasty when the marketing of the campaign begins. All parties will be throwing money they don’t have at the country and make promises they won’t keep.We will be fighting with our instincts to try and reach an ending where our vote may count. In the end because of the quality of the candidates we may feel that our vote was wasted.



Where is the Portuguese voice??? – Portuguese

PRINT – Milenio Stadium (Weekly) – Toronto, 13/09/2019 – ARTICLE, p.7, English

Madalena Lopes says that in spite of  “Diversity is our strength”, being one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s catchphrases and one that gives many a great sense of pride, and the Canadian MPs depict the diversity of our multi-cultural society, Portuguese Canadians desire a parliament tthat better reflects their voice and experiences, an increased diversity, one that represents the Portuguese and its diaspora. Who are the Portuguese candidates on the 2019 federal roster and what will they be bringing to the table? The Liberal Party of Canada presents two incumbents MP Peter Fonseca (Mississauga East-Cooksville) and MP Alexandra Mendes (Brossard-Saint-Lambert). The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada’s sole candidate of Portuguese ancestry is Bert Laranjo (Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas).There is also Ken Pereira who signed up to run in Quebec for the People’s Party of Canada. Sadly, a family tragedy has led him to drop out of the race. It’s exciting to learn that these candidates all share a love for their community and are entrusted in the health and social well-being of their constituents. However, with Portuguese Canadians scattered all over Canada, a mere three candidates is dismal.

Toronto residents are fighting back against illegal election signs – Russian

WEB – Torontovka.com (Daily) – Toronto, 16/09/2019 – NEWS, Russian

The article comments that the Canadian federal election is officially in progress, and political parties are doing everything they can to secure votes. Sometimes, that includes illegally placing campaign signs on the front lawns of those who didn’t give their consent. Toronto residents are fighting back against the phenomenon. The article tells the story of a Toronto Danforth household who had a lawn sign mistakenly put up at their address. Residents of the Danforth house noticed a campaign sign for CPC candidate Zia Choudhary on their lawn, and they contacted Elections Canada to have it removed. When nothing was done, residents of the home took matters into their own hands. On either side of the Conservative sign, they put up their own. “They placed their sign on our land without our consent!” one of the signs reads, while the other tells passersby not to vote for this particular candidate. Following the posting of this incident online, Choudhary responded stating a volunteer knocked on this door last May and received approval to put up the sign. Both residents maintain they never gave permission for the sign to be put up. The article says that there’s no telling how many instances like this will arise before voting day on October 21.

Beyond political rhetoric – Filipino

PRINT – Philippine Asian News Today (Twice Monthly) – Vancouver, 13/09/2019 – COLUMN, English

In her column “Breaking Point,” Rosette Correa says that when Filipinos migrate to other countries such as Canada, they still like to talk about politics in the Philippines, but not in their adoptive country. They are more interested in what the current politicians in the Philippines say, do or breathe in and out. Canadian politics has never been a point of interest, and Filipino-Canadians have often labelled it boring, because there is hardly any mudslinging or dirty politicking. As the federal elections draw near, Filipino-Canadians are still unaware that there actually is going to be one in October. In the last local elections in Canada, only 3% of the Filipino diaspora voted in the elections, while more than 60% voted for the Philippine elections last May according to sources. Why is there a disinterest in Pinoys in the politics of Canada? What do the political parties need to do to engage the 850,000 Fil-Canadians to vote in the next elections? There’s at least two things political parties need to remember about Fil-Canadian voters. First, they need to know you will do something about the needs of their families, their jobs or careers, and their desire to be homeowners. If you want to win the elections, make sure your platforms are not mamby-pamby, vague ideas of what your political agendas are, but simple, down-to-earth, to the bones policies regarding post-secondary education for them and for their children, professional accreditation and the recognition of their post-secondary education in the Philippines, and housing affordability. Second, they want to be taken seriously, not because they have the most awesome celebrations and events, and the food is always abundant and delicious, but to be recognized as a legitimate member of the multicultural fabric of Canada by giving them a chance to hold a position of the political system that the former Senator Enverga held.

Note: Conservative Senator Tobias Enverga, the first Filipino-Canadian to serve in the Senate, died suddenly on a parliamentary trip to Colombia in 2017.


Justin Trudeau ashamed to face voters, can Chinese voters still vote for him? – Chinese

WEB – Van People – Vancouver, 10/09/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Photo Credit: The Little Potato Company

With the federal election approaching so quickly, voters have only a month and a bit of time to decide who to vote for. Why did Justin Trudeau set such a tight timeline? It is obvious that he doesn’t want voters, candidates, and controversies from his past four years of political performance to impact the outcomes of the election. In the last federal election, then prime minister Stephen Harper dissolved parliament early, initiating the longest federal election campaign period in Canadian history. Harper said he was confident about his political achievements, but was unhappy with the way that media attacked and dehumanized him. He hoped to use this extended campaign period to let voters understand his achievements. However, the long campaign trail caused fatigue in voters. This gave Trudeau an opportunity and voted him for change. Trudeau won by a landslide, but he was unable to keep most of his campaign promises. To some extent, Trudeau has cheated the hopeful young voters that voted him in office. Trudeau wants to get this election over with, and does not want to be involved in too many public engagements. The slogan of his campaign is even more ridiculous, where he urged voters to choose to move forward instead of revert back to the days of the Harper government. For Chinese voters, there are many that are still in support of the Liberal Party. But voters must see the differences between Justin Trudeau-led party and a Pierre Elliot Trudeau-led party, especially in immigration and foreign policies. Chinese voters who love the Liberal Party need to say no to Trudeau in this election, and give the party an opportunity to re-establish themselves. They should not allow Trudeau to ruin the entire party.


Trudeau government says that it has created 1 million jobs in four years, but doesn’t tell how many people they have ‘imported’! – Punjabi

PRINT – Khabarnama Punjabi Weekly – Brampton, 06/09/2019 – EDITORIAL, Punjabi

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Shonky Englandia – A Punjabi ad is running on Toronto’s many Punjabi radio programs that claims that the Liberals have created 1 million jobs in the last four years. The ad is in the voice of Trudeau’s faithful Liberal Minister Navdeep Bains. For the last four years, the Trudeau government has choked the ethnic press, and the government ads were given to big US social media corporations, while the Trudeau government keeps boasting about promoting Canadian businesses. In the last budget, the Trudeau government allocated millions of dollars to help the local press, but nobody knows which media institution received that money. As per the Conference Board of Canada’s recent report, the influx of immigrants disproportionately settling in the Greater Toronto Area is causing a shortage of jobs in this area. The report also urged all levels of government to address the imbalance. The Trudeau government and its supporters are suggesting Canada accept more than 370,000 immigrants annually. The government is calling for thousands of refugees, temporary foreign workers and a large number of international students every year. The Trudeau government has imported more than 3 million people, besides visitors, in the last four years. Even if the Trudeau government has created 1 million jobs in four years, those are not even enough for the people the government has brought into Canada.

The ‘boomerang effect’ of Canada’s anti-immigrant billboards in Canada – Spanish

PRINT – Contacto Directo – Vancouver, 06/09/2019 – NEWS, Spanish

The billboards showing an image of PPC leader Maxime Bernier and the slogan ‘Say NO to Mass Immigration’ caused a lot of heated political debate among those in favour of and against immigration. This controversial proposal is a challenge to the basic principles of Canada which has always been proud of being a welcoming and open country for immigrants all over the world. It’s also a political message against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s immigration plans to increase the level of immigrants to 1 million over three years. The official information that was revealed is that the billboards with their nasty, rude and disrespectful announcements against immigrants were launched by third parties linked to Maxime Bernier, who has asked on numerous occasions that mass immigration to Canada be stopped since 350,000 foreigners enter the country each year.

Scheer lacks Charisma to steer conservatives to a clear victory – Tamil

RADIO – East FM 102.7 – Toronto, 11/09/2019 – Analysis, Tamil

Ramanan – An election is being called and the parties are beginning their campaigns. Most of the opinion polls up to now have indicated a close battle between the Conservatives and the Liberals. Liberals are being criticized for their immigration policy, especially the way they handled the thousands of illegal immigrants who entered Canada from the US. When it comes to immigration policy, the Conservatives fare better than the Liberals. However, immigration is not the single factor that decides victory in this election. Many political observers are of the view that even though Andrew Scheer has as much support as Trudeau, he lacks the personal charisma to steer the Conservatives to a clear victory.

Religion and ethnicity in Canadian politics – Punjabi

RADIO – Red FM 88.9 Good Morning Toronto – Brampton, 10/09/2019 – PHONE IN, Punjabi

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Political candidates in Canada are now openly using communities’ religion and ethnic background to woo voters, said show host Shameel Jasbir. A big question we need to pay attention to is whether South Asian voters are divided or are being divided on the bases of religion. The unfortunate thing is that even the political parties are seen feeding this thing, he said. It’s such a serious issue that if not addressed, it can poison those values such as better society and better community that make Canada a better country to live in.

The host said we need to be really very careful about such practices and should bring those people into the light who are involved in these practices. He said Muslims are being attached to a specific candidate, and Sikhs or other groups are being attached to another. People need to be careful of these divisive tricks, he added. A caller on the show agreed with the host and said we came to Canada because it’s a country where you are not judged based on your religion and ethnic background and are provided equal opportunity everywhere, including in jobs and politics. He criticized religion-based politics and gave the example of the last Brampton municipal elections, involving Mayor Patrick Brown, in which many WhatsApp messages were sent to people telling them which candidate was supporting which religion most and who was making the most visits to Hindu temples, or to mosques or gurdwaras. He said it’s not good to have only a specific community-based group or even friend circle rather than a diverse group.

Another caller said religion-based politics are very dangerous and are not acceptable in Canadian society as it can bring all those bad things into Canada for which they left their home countries. Another caller, however, said religion-based politics are inevitable and can’t be stopped. Division is everywhere in the world, be it based on religion, money, culture or geography, he said. Another caller said voters are intelligent enough not to be swayed away by such religion or community-based rallies by the candidates and can make their own decisions, as was proved in the last elections.

Ethnic Media on the road to where? – Portuguese

PRINT – Milenio Stadium (Weekly) – Toronto, 06/09/2019 – COLUMN, English

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In his regular column, Vincent Black asks what does ethnic media really mean, especially these days with most people getting their news from social media outlets. Even all major ethnic groups get their news and updates from apps that are associated with their country of origin. So, does having ethnic media platforms in this city make any sense, especially with all the competition that is out there? The answer is a resounding YES… The major difference with having local ethnic media with a global touch is that it keeps you connected in real time and grounded. In the author’s opinion, media organizations are struggling to grasp the cultural diversity of rapidly evolving Canadian cities. They are using outdated language and concepts to engage with the realities of multiculturalism, diversity and cultural identity. The gap which they have created is being filled by ethnic newspapers, which are booming at the cost of the mainstream. Ethnic media seems to be fulfilling all the needs of many newcomers. Mainstream newspapers are becoming irrelevant to a large chunk of our population. By not having diversity in the newsroom, the mainstream is missing out on stories which would be of interest to newcomers, so they move elsewhere. It seems that ethnic media is doing a better job on reporting than the mainstream media outlets. This momentum is catching on and these ethnic markets have excelled thus far. The future to do even better is unlimited. The rise of the ethnic media is inevitable.

Groups launch petition to push for Hong Kong to become Canadian federal election issue – Chinese

WEB – 51.ca (Daily) – Toronto, 07/09/2019 – NEWS, Chinese
Gloria Fung, president of Canada-Hong Kong Link (photo source 51.ca)
Terence – A group of Hong Kongers in Canada want the situation in Hong Kong to be a federal election issue in Canada. Non-profit organization Canada-Hong Kong Link President Gloria Fung is trying to push a new petition to raise awareness among Canadians about the unrest, with many fearing a tightening grip by China over the semi-autonomous region. Fung told the CBC that there are 300,000 Canadians in Hong Kong, therefore, whatever is going on in Hong Kong will also have a serious impact on Canadians living, working or even transiting there. She said, “We also want our current members of parliament as well as candidates who are running in the federal election to be aware of what they can do in order to address Canadians’ concerns towards Hong Kong.”