RADIO – CHTO AM 1690 Hulchul Radio (Daily5) – Toronto, 03/09/2019 – TALK SHOW + PHONE IN, Punjabi


Phone-in talk show host Sandeep Bhatti discusses how many truck drivers are complaining about not having enough work. Many companies have been closed. Now the federal elections are not so far away. In such a situation, what should truck drivers do? Current affairs expert Manan Gupta said that many Punjabi community members are working in the trucking industry. As far as the federal elections are concerned, many issues related to transportation have come to the surface. On one hand, the federal government is implementing a carbon tax but the trucking industry is not getting any relief. On the other hand, a lack of infrastructure is also impacting the trucking industry. Gridlock is a major issue and a lack of rest areas is also impacting drivers. These issues must be discussed during the federal elections so that the Canadian leader knows about the reality on the ground. Later, a caller said that work has not slowed down in the trucking industry. Rather, the number of workers has increased with the growing number of international students in the industry. The caller suggested pausing the international students program as the family sponsorship program was paused for two years.

Singh averse to Tories, Greens waves green signal – South Asian

PRINT – Asian Tribune (Weekly) – Edmonton, 30/08/2019 – News, English

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This story quotes Singh as stating “I am simply taking a stand on principle” after a video had just been released showing the Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, speaking against gay marriage in Parliament — in 2005. The “news” of Scheer’s publicly stated position of 14 years ago — a position shared by many progressives at the time, which he has since recanted — had so shaken Singh that he could not in good conscience be responsible for propping up the Conservatives in power. Behind Singh’s move, rather than a tactical blunder or a moral line in the sand, it may simply be an attempt to position the party to advantage in the pre-election jockeying for strategic voters — aimed, specifically, at the NDP’s mortal rivals on the left, the Greens. Why might this be so? Consider, first, the current state of play in the polls: a tight race between the Conservatives and the Liberals, with no more than a percentage point between them on average, both in the low 30s. The most likely outcome, if this holds: a minority Parliament of some kind, with neither party capable of governing on its own.Next, consider the likely strategies of the two major parties in response. The Liberals will do what they nearly always do: paint the Conservatives as racists, Nazis and worse, the better to frighten NDP and Green supporters into voting Grit as the only way to “stop the Tories.” The Conservatives, for their part, will respond with a time-tested fear campaign of their own, this one aimed at centrist voters. In a minority parliament, they will say, the alternative to the Conservatives is not the Liberals, but the Liberals propped up by the NDP (boo!) and/or the Greens (yikes!). Only a Tory majority, the party will insist, can avert this dreaded scenario. Where the NDP are wishy-washy and opportunistic, but steady and experienced, and the Greens are drunk on their newfound popularity.

Liberal backbencher accuses his own government of ‘pandering’ to Sikh separatists – Cantonese

TV – Fairchild TV British Columbia (Daily7) – Vancouver, 03/09/2019 – News, Cantonese 

Image – 5AAB/Facebook

National Post’s Tom Blackwell’s story on South Asia-related politics again causing turbulence for the Liberal government is reported on Cantonese TV in Vancouver. One of the community’s MPs, Ramesh Sangha, who represents Ontario’s Brampton Centre riding charges that the Liberal party has been “pandering” to Sikh separatists, threatening Canada’s relations with India in the process. Sangha delivered the surprising critique of his caucus colleagues during a recent Punjabi-language television interview with 5AAB TV host Kulwinder Singh Chhina on YouTube. His comments revive an issue that has been an irritant for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for more than two years, flaring up during his ill-fated tour of India last year. Indian officials have previously accused the Liberals of trying to win favour with Canadians pushing for an independent Sikh homeland — known as Khalistan — in the Punjab region of India. Punjab’s state governor even charged that Trudeau’s four Sikh cabinet ministers are Khalistanis. They have strenuously denied the accusation. “There is no doubt, there cannot be two opinions that the Liberal party is pandering (to) Khalistan supporters,” Sangha said in the interview on 5AAB, a Punjabi-language channel based in Mississauga, Ont. “One thing is for sure, when we raise this issue, it will raise an anti-India slogan or demand the division of India on some ground. In that, ultimately our relations, the Canada-India relationship will certainly develop cracks.” The interviewer asked if he thought the party had a “soft corner” for Khalistanis. “It does,” he responded. But Sangha seemed to place the blame on those Sikh Canadian cabinet ministers and other MPs, noting that Trudeau himself has made clear he supports the status quo in India.

Andrew Scheer needs to drop Ghada Melek – quickly – Muslim

PRINT – al Ameen Post (Twice Monthly) – Surrey, 30/08/2019 – English

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Ibrahim Hindy comments: “What does Ghada Melek, the federal Conservative candidate for Mississauga-Streetsville, have in common with Coalition Avenir Quebec parliamentarians?” His answer is the same misguided belief that religious symbols and public spaces in Canada are somehow in conflict. The same divisive and discriminatory politics that turned Quebec’s infamous Bill 21 into law last month are now springing up in Mississauga. Andrew Scheer said he would never support a bill that banned religious symbols at the federal level if he were prime minister. So why is he supporting an Ontario candidate who seems to uphold the banning of some religious symbols in public? It seems, however, that in Eastern Canada, such values are increasingly under threat. Melek spent a good part of 2018 advocating against the presence of the hijab on Mississauga city buses. A number of Melek’s tweets from 2013-2014 cited articles from a number of Islamophobic outlets. The posts reflect her deeply troubling views and her willingness to employ extreme-right tropes to further false, dangerous and irresponsible views of Muslim communities living in the west. Perhaps the most troubling parts of these developments is that Melek’s problematic views are being met with silence from leader Andrew Scheer and the federal Conservative Party, who seem disinterested in investigating her condemnation by the provincial Conservatives in 2018. [ note: Ms Melek is Coptic]

Parties and Leaders Series Wrap Up

Over the past week has taken an in-depth look at ethnic media coverage on the five main federal parties and their leaders: Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May and Maxime Bernier.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier and their parties are all racing to name candidates for all 338 federal ridings. The Hill Times file photographs by Andrew Meade

See below to find out how all five party leaders fared in the ethnic media as summer comes to a close:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer (Part 1)

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer (Part 2)

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

Green Party leader Elizabeth May

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier



Federal election less than two months away – Korean

PRINT – CNDreams – Calgary, 23/08/2019 – COLUMN – Korean

Canadian voters pick three major issues for the federal election: job creation, healthcare and climate change. Forty-two percent of voters define climate change as a national disaster and 70% support the Green New Deal, aiming to increase green energy use. Although the carbon tax imposed by the Liberals is a political hot potato, voters are likely to ask more questions regarding climate change in the election.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said, “Carbon tax can’t stop wildfires in Alberta and BC”, but forest experts warn that climate change makes wildfires happen more often, widely and fiercely. However, right-wing populism, which underestimates the threat of climate change, is coming to the front of global politics and Canada is no exception.

Followed by the US and Europe, the Conservatives in Canada are likely to win the federal election because the economy and jobs are a priority for voters and would pave the way for right-wing populism to thrive. The Conservatives misguide people to believe that pipelines can create jobs and they ignore the economic potential of green energy, transition policies and the disastrous effects of climate change as a whole. The best strategy to fight right-wing populism is not wishy-washy liberalism, but having a social democratic party which can bravely and confidently deal with issues such as climate change, an unstable economy and worsening inequality.

Ethnic media spotlight on Bernier


People’s Party of Canada Leader Bernier kicks off campaign – Chinese

WEB – – Toronto, 27/08/2019 – COMMENTARY,  Chinese

Radio Canada International’s Wu Wei says that in this upcoming federal election, it might be tough for Bernier to win in his home riding, because his Conservative party rival is popular. One of Bernier’s campaign promises is to lower the number of immigrants Canada accepts to between 100,000 and 150,000 per year. His riding’s reaction to this is mixed. On one hand, local residents don’t have experience getting along with immigrants, and many people don’t like the intake of immigrants and refugees. However, on the other hand, labour shortages in this region are getting increasingly serious and there’s a need to attract foreign labour.

Bernier said that his party is the alternative option that conservative Canadians have long waited for. One commenter agrees with the People’s Party’s idea, but still has to vote for the Conservative Party. Otherwise, this commenter thinks that if the Potato (Trudeau) Liberals don’t fall, then everyone will suffer. Another commenter’s top priority for this year is to vote for the Conservative party. This commenter says that making Potato (Trudeau) step down is a top priority. This commenter says four years later, if Prime Minister Scheer’s Conservative Party makes no reform efforts and falls into political correctness involving diversity and inclusiveness, then this commenter would vote for the People’s Party. This commenter thinks that things can only be accomplished if one dares to toss out political correctness.


The West is yelling at Chinese people to go back, anti-immigrant advertisement shows up publicly, Canada has already turned to the right – Chinese

WEB – – Vancouver, 24/08/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Since Trump was elected, American populism has been gaining popularity. The heavy colours of anti-globalism and high-level nationalism can be detected everywhere. Now, this demonic wind has blown into Canada. Racism and anti-immigration sentiment are making people very worried. On August 23, a Chinese mother and daughter’s car was hit by a Caucasian woman in Richmond, BC. This woman not only did not apologize, she made some extremely aggressive racial discriminatory comments such as “go back to China where you belong, you…China lady.” She used very repulsive language. This incident was recorded on video and posted on Wechat. The police has intervened in this incident.

Recently, an anti-immigration message was used as a slogan by a Canadian political party. A billboard that features “say no to mass immigration” is calling on people to vote for the People’s Party of Canada. A lot of people wonder why this billboard was approved; it is blatant racial discrimination. The PPC said they are not involved in the installation of the billboard and the billboard is not a PCC advertisement. It was proposed by a third party. The billboard shows that the advertisement was paid by True North Strong and Free Advertising Corp. This company submitted interim financial returns with Elections Canada that show it spent nearly $60,000 on the billboard. This billboard is featured in Vancouver, Ottawa and Winnipeg.


Panneaux retirés : Bernier blâme une « meute gauchiste totalitaire » – Haitian

RADIO – CPAM 1410 AM – Reveil Matin – Montreal, 27/08/2019 – NEWS, French

Pierre Emmanuel:  Maxime Bernier blâme une « meute gauchiste totalitaire » pour la décision de retirer des panneaux publicitaires faisant la promotion de sa position controversée en matière d’immigration. M. Bernier a déclaré que le seuil de 350 000 immigrants que le Canada accepte chaque année devrait être réduit. La plateforme de son parti indique que cela fait gonfler les prix des logements et incite les autres partis politiques à utiliser l’immigration de masse comme un moyen d’acheter des voix chez les communautés d’immigrants.

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians – Chinese

WEB – Sing Tao Vancouver (Daily) – Vancouver, 24/08/2019 – NEWS, Chinese

Zuhair Alshaer, the editor-in-chief of an Ottawa-based Arabic community newspaper, has been calling on Arabic-speaking Canadians to kick isolation and get involved in Canadian politics

Statistics Canada figures show that the voting rate of immigrants from West Central Asia and the Middle East increased to 73 per cent in the 2015 election; this may be related to encouragement (to vote) by some ethnic media. Zuhair Alshaer, the editor-in-chief of an Ottawa-based Arabic community newspaper, has been calling on Arabic-speaking Canadians to kick isolation and get involved in Canadian politics. Alshaer, a Palestinian immigrant who came to Canada 20 years ago, is hoping that his monthly newspaper will connect the Arabic-speaking community with federal politics and encourage more people to cast a ballot on Oct. 21.

Liberal MP Omar Alghabra pointed out that many new immigrants often face a lot of pressure in their first few years in Canada. They are more concerned about their livelihoods, which reduces their willingness to vote. Algabra said that it may take several years for new immigrants to settle down, but he will explain to new immigrants that the (outcomes of the) election will have an immediate impact on their lives and it is important to everyone.

Canada’s popular newspaper under fire for its controversial comment on Jagmeet Singh – Punjabi

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.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Garnett Genuis talks at Radio FM – Punjabi

RADIO – Red FM 106.7 Good Morning Calgary – Calgary, 22/08/2019 – PHONE IN,  Punjabi

Source: @GarnetGenuis

On the phone with Radio Calgary, Garnett Genuis, Conservative MP for Sherwood Park and deputy critic for foreign affairs, said the denial of the meeting demanded by the Conservative Party to allow ethics commissioner Mario Dion to present his report on the SNC-Lavalin affair is just an another example of the cover up. He said that the ethics committee has also expressed frustration that cabinet confidence was not waived. Genuis further said that the ethics commissioner was also refused the ability to testify publicly on his report.

So the people should be asking what the government has to hide here, and if they really thought they had done the right thing. The people will ask themselves a question when they will go for polls in October: “Do they want a government with a prime minister who breaks the law?” Or, “Do they want a different government which sends a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be acceptable for Canada?” added Genuis. When asked about his next course of action on this issue, Genuis said that we will make the case to Canadians during the federal elections that these types of Liberal scandals should not be endorsed with their votes and we will also make the case that the Liberals’ focus on covering up for themselves has distracted them from actually focusing on the interests of Canadians.