Ethnic Media Stories

What to expect from Canada’s immigration system in the next few years – Spanish

WEB – El Centro News (Weekly) – Toronto, 31/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Spanish

Rodrigo Díaz M. says the election of a Liberal minority government means the country’s immigration system will probably remain stable while they can maintain Parliament’s confidence. We can expect immigration targets to increase by about 10,000 newcomers a year after 2021. As a result, Canada could aspire to 370,000 immigrants for 2023. All eyes will now be on the Municipal Nominee Program, which the Liberals promised in order to help smaller cities attract more immigrants. In addition, the Liberals’ promise to renounce the costs of obtaining citizenship suggests the already high citizenship application rate will rise even further in the long run. The 2019 election campaign showed that Canada’s main parties share the same essential vision of immigration: welcoming immigrants is essential to the country’s economic development. This position also stems from political calculation: in 2019, it is virtually impossible to succeed in a Canadian federal election without the support of immigrant voters.

Liberals win minority – Greek

PRINT – Ta Nea (Weekly) – Montreal, 26/10/2019 – COLUMN, Greek

Georgios S. Giousmas – Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won the most seats in the election, this time with only a minority. Four Greek Canadians have been elected in their respective ridings: Niki Ashton, Emmanouella Lambropoulos, Annie Koutrakis and Peter Fragiskatos. One Greek Canadian candidate, Tom Pentefountas, did not win in his riding, despite his involvement in the community and his experience in politics. His riding, Laval-Les Iles, is a Liberal stronghold that was won by Faycal El Khouri. El Khoury has always been very present in the riding and he has ensured the Greek community has received its fair share and more of federal funding despite rumours to the contrary.

Chinese Canadians’ thoughts after seeing this special federal document – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily7) – Vancouver, 29/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Chic Vancouver – After the federal election, Chinese social media platforms have been flooded with opposing views. However, a new topic for debate has surfaced. Left-wing Chinese Canadians are blaming their right-wing counterparts for not following Canada’s values, being short-sighted, and are annoyed by their ways of voting. So what counts as knowing how to vote? The federal government recently released a special voting guide for Muslims, which has upset a lot of Chinese Canadians. Canadian values are more left-wing, this is evident from the nine million votes received by the Liberals, the NDP, and the Green Party combined. In comparison, right-wing parties such as the Conservatives and the People’s Party only received six million votes in total. Because the system is democratic, right-wing Chinese Canadians can still voice their disagreement with left-wing values. Canada needs critical thinkers and active participants in the voting debate. After the election, many left-wing Chinese media were showing off that they chose the winning party, while blaming the right-wing Chinese voters for not being open-minded. But if voters did not vote based on the values they believe in, then what is the point of voting? Speaking of the Muslim voting guide, three scholars from Wilfred Laurier University came together to summarize the party leaders’ performance on key issues. People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier failed in all categories, which is also the reason why he was not elected this election. This election guide not only provided the Muslim community guidance but also inspired other Canadian citizens, encouraging them to rethink several social issues in Canada.

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Election 2019: Canada lost – Russian

WEB – Russian Express (Weekly) – Toronto, 25/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Russian

A. Gladkov – The author says that in the election, Canada voted for the Conservative Party – and lost. Thirty-five per cent of Canadians voted for the Tories and 33 per cent, or about a quarter million fewer people, for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Nonetheless, the Liberals are in power again. The trick is that the government’s fate is not decided by the ratio of votes received but by the number of constituencies won. Here the Liberals are ahead: they have 157 MPs and the Conservatives 121.

The author believes that nowadays in Canada, any party that does not agree with the replacement of legal immigration with illegal migration, with carbon taxes to save the planet, and with prosperity at the expense of future generations has less and less chance of winning the election. The author says, “All of the above is the essence of ‘progressive’ policy, and, of course, sooner or later Canadians will fully experience the consequences of such a choice.

The blame for the defeat lies with the Conservatives themselves. Andrew Scheer was unable to compete effectively with Justin Trudeau. How could he lose against the Liberal Party leader who was tarnished by high-profile scandals?” In addition, the author says, the Conservative Party’s program consists of an overblown set of promises in which key ideas are drowned. For the most part, these promises do not differ fundamentally from Liberal ones, with the exception of the abolition of “climate fees” and the restriction of illegal migration.

The author believes that in order to win, the Conservatives need a clear idea that outlines the contours of the future in which Canadians will wish to exist – and they seem to need a different leader. In the meantime, the author concludes, Canada will follow the same path: an increasingly left-wing, supposedly “progressive,” policy that actually goes against the needs and interests of most of the country’s residents.

Quebec won, Canada lost – Portuguese

PRINT – Milenio Stadium (Weekly) – Toronto, 25/10/2019 – EDITORIAL, English

Manuel da Costa – What does this election really represent? It is a minority government, which most think is good for the country, but is it? Justin Trudeau did not win the election. The other parties lost it with poorly run campaigns and policies that were not good for Canadians but to protect politicians’ jobs. This election revealed attitudes and structural deficiencies in a country that will be difficult to repair with this Prime Minister and supporting seals.

As a result of divisionary policies, the country is more fragmented than ever. The seeds of racism and separation have again seeded in Quebec, and your taxes are paying for it. The West feels ignored and unappreciated, and separatist sentiments will rise because only Quebec matters for the country. In the end, we ended up with a minority government that will fall apart within the next two years. Ottawa is a cauldron for egomaniacs, and there will be no cooperation between the parties, which do not serve the population but only themselves.

This country does not care about ethics, integrity or fiscal responsibility, so why bother with the 40 days of an election? I am going to the mountain and reflect if I want to continue to drink the same potion that is being handed out by politicians content to wave their hands but in fact giving us the finger. The act of resurrection for the country did not happen on Monday, October 21. Prepare yourselves for the usual crap.

Another Trudeau government in Canada – Indians hope to benefit – Gujarati

PRINT – Swadesh (Weekly) – Toronto, 25/10/2019 – EDITORIAL, Gujarati

Justin Trudeau is coming to power again as prime minister of Canada. But this time his government is a minority government. The only party that can help him get to the magic figure of 170 members in the 338 seat House of Commons is the NDP. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh had said even before the results that his party would support the Liberals to keep the Conservatives out of power in case of a minority government. Trudeau had relaxed immigration laws and Indians had derived the most benefit from that. That is likely to continue. Similarly, a Trudeau government will bring more MPs of Indian origin into the cabinet. The last cabinet had quite a few and they helped him get a respectable number of seats in this election. He might increase the number of Sikh members of his cabinet to get closer to the NDP, whose leader is a Sikh. The influence of the Sikh community is likely to increase in the Trudeau Government 2.0, which will also benefit Indians. Another article on p. 6 reports that 19 Indo-Canadians are among the winners in the federal election. The Punjabi community makes up only 3.5 percent of the Canadian population, but its influence in politics is much stronger. In this election, the Liberal party had the highest number of Punjabi candidates – 20 – in the field. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was another winner from the Punjabi community.

Did Shemini Atzeret affect Jewish voter turnout? – Jewish

WEB – Canadian Jewish News (Weekly) – Vaughan, 25/10/2019 – ARTICLE, English

Alex Rose – In the lead-up to the recent federal election, many Jews were concerned that the conflict between the election date and the holiday of Shemini Atzeret would lead to a lower proportion of observant Jews turning out to vote. After a concerted campaign by Jewish institutions to educate voters about their electoral options, and the opening of additional service points in ridings with large Jewish populations, Jewish candidates in those ridings were satisfied that the conflict did not hinder people from voting. However, some of the candidates believe the election date hindered their campaigns in other ways. “My concern was not being able to ensure that we get out the other 80 per cent of the riding who would be able to vote on Shemini Atzeret, because you need an army of volunteers to do that,” said Chani Aryeh-Bain, an Orthodox woman and the Conservative candidate in Toronto’s Eglinton-Lawrence riding. Around one-fifth of voters in that riding are Jewish, she said, and of those, about a quarter are observant. Aryeh-Bain took Elections Canada’s chief electoral officer to court over the summer, in an unsuccessful attempt to get the election date moved, arguing that it would affect both Jewish voters and her ability to campaign effectively. “Naturally, if my volunteers are primarily coming from my own community, which is Orthodox, then they’re not going to be able to help out on Shemini Atzeret, and I myself can’t be there,” she said. Anthony Housefather, the Jewish Liberal MP for the Montreal-area riding of Mount Royal, doesn’t believe the conflict affected the results in his riding. Housefather also said that if the Jewish community wanted the election date changed, the chief electoral officer should have been given more notice.

Reflecting Canada’s diversity – Caribbean

PRINT – EqualityNews (Weekly) – Toronto, 25/10/2019 – EDITORIAL, English

Equality joins the immigrant communities in Canada in sending its congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal team in winning a second term in last Monday’s election. In spite of a strong challenge from Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, the Liberals managed to eke out enough seats to be assured a second term in office, albeit as a minority government. What this election proved, more than anything else, is that the immigrant vote cannot be dismissed as irrelevant or unimportant. In the cities where Trudeau won big, it was the immigrants who handed him his second term. In spite of the other parties running ethnic minority candidates by the dozens to try to woo that vote, at the end of the day it was the Liberals who won the day, as they were judged on their actions in their first term, not by the colour of their candidates’ skin. Trudeau, after all, was the first Prime Minister in Canadian history to include so many visible minorities in his cabinet. He also elevated some to the government’s most senior positions, including defence and immigration.

Federal candidates making Chinese names for themselves to gain the Chinese vote – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 23/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

Here in UK – According to the 2016 Canadian census results, Chinese Canadians made up 5% of the total Canadian population. In Chinese populated ridings, Mandarin Chinese is becoming an important language. Therefore, some non-Chinese candidates will go as far as making a Chinese name for themselves to gain recognition and support from Chinese voters. Because of the different levels of language proficiency among non-Chinese politicians, the names they come up with also vary. Some are direct translations of how their name would sound in Chinese characters. Some created Chinese names that convey their political attitudes. The media has selected the top thirteen Chinese names from this year’s political candidates. In last place was Liberal candidate Neelam Brar. Critics felt that her name had no special meaning and does not leave an impression for Chinese voters because it was just a direct translation (Nilanmu Bula). The commentators were particularly impressed by Bridget Burns’s Chinese name (Peng Biyin), because the characters used reflect her political stance for the Green Party. The winner of the list was Liberal candidate Harjit Sajjan. His Chinese name, Shi Jun, represents persistence and gives voters a sense of dependability. It was a simple name but leaves an impression. This is not only an easy name to remember and understand for the Chinese community, but is easy to pick up by Chinese language beginners as well.

‘Korean community will have more political power’ – Korean

WEB – The Korea Times Daily (Daily) – Toronto, 22/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Korean

Jongsu Yoo – Jongsu Yoo, a former professor of Algoma University, writes that the Liberals’ minority victory in the October 21 federal election was as expected. As a winner, the Liberals should take immediate action on the climate change. We cannot wait until the next generation will take it over. The carbon tax may add some financial burden to our daily life, but it is unavoidable if not too late. Meanwhile, the federal Conservatives’ candidate Nelly Shin’s winning the seat in Parliament means a lot to Korean community in Canada. It would have been better if she were a Liberal candidate, but hopefully Shin will enhance her influence in politics and represent Korean-Canadians.

Word from the editor – Polish

PRINT – Fakty Czas (Weekly) – Toronto, 24/10/2019 – COLUMN, Polish

Stanislaw Stolarczyk – Fakty-Czas editor in chief Stanislaw Stolarczyk discusses the outcome of the federal election and the outcome for the Polish-Canadian candidates of the various political parties. Stolarczyk says that the two main federal parties, Liberals and Conservatives, were running neck-to-neck to the finish line. Things changed on Friday, when the Globe and Mail reported that Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party has hired strategist Warren Kinsella and his firm Daisy Group to “seek and destroy” Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada. Stolarczyk wonders if this incident affected the chances of Polish Conservative candidates to enter Parliament? The Conservative Party was represented by the following Polish-Canadian candidates in Ontario: Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East – Cooksville), Ted Opitz (Etobicoke – Center) and well-known football player Peter Dyakowski (Hamilton – Mountain). They all lost, unfortunately. But Irek Kusmierczyk won a Liberal seat in Windsor-Tecumseh. Not Polish but very well known in the Polish community, Liberal incumbent Arif Virani will have a second term in the riding of Parkdale — High Park. Justin Trudeau is returning to 24 Sussex Drive as a Prime Minister, but this time he will have a minority government. Trudeau will have to look to the NDP to build a government.

Justin Trudeau re-elected, lots of Chinese voters came out – Chinese

WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 22/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese

After twelve hours of voting, the federal Liberals won the election with 158 seats and Justin Trudeau was re-elected as prime minister. Canadian voters were extremely enthusiastic on voting day. The voter turnout also created a new record. There were approximately 4.7 million voters seen at the advance polls over the weekend, a 29% increase from the last election. Elections Canada received 21,842 ballots sent in by international voters, which also broke the record for the most international votes. In this year’s election, the turnout for Chinese voters also saw an increase. This means the Chinese community’s voice is being heard and their opinions are becoming more important. Chinese immigrants in Canada are no longer silent and are raising their voice through this election. Now that Trudeau is re-elected, the Chinese community is hopeful that they will keep their promises and guide Canada down a good path. The votes cast by Chinese Canadians have left a mark in Canadian history. Regardless of which party gets elected, no candidate will dare neglect the Chinese community’s voice any more.

Chinese voter turnout low – Cantonese

RADIO – Fairchild Radio AM 1430 News Beat (Daily) – Toronto, 21/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Cantonese

Michael Shao – Host Michael Shao said Chinese voter turnout is frequently lowest in comparison to other ethnic voters. Guest “Ken” said there are three types of people who vote: loyal party members, friends of popular candidates, and individuals affected by policies. Some also vote based on poll predictions, and if the party in the lead is not a party they like, they will vote for another party because they do not want the most favoured party to win. Some people follow others’ voting because they have no political knowledge. In this era, many people are influenced by what others do.

Shao wonders why Chinese people are not passionate about voting. Many Chinese candidates ran in this election, but “Ken” said few of them stood out in the crowd. Voters also consider what the candidate does in the community. Most Chinese have a negative perception of politics. Shao wondered if this is the reason for the apathy. Ken said no and argued it is because no candidate really stood out.

Shao asked Ken who is considered a candidate who stands out. Ken gave the example of former MP Olivia Chow, who was also a city councillor. Chow did a lot of work on homelessness and Toronto transit. She also spoke up in parliament about acknowledging the issue of comfort women. Shao argued that candidates need to be elected before they can accomplish things. He thinks perhaps more Chinese MPs will attract the attention of the Chinese community.

Explanation for low Chinese voter turnout – Cantonese

RADIO – Fairchild Radio AM 1430 News Beat (Daily) – Toronto, 21/10/2019 – COMMENTARY, Cantonese

Michael Shao – Guest Dr. Wong has been involved in encouraging the Chinese community to vote for many years. Wong said Chinese Canadians became involved in politics late and had a rough start. He said the community needs more organizations to encourage Chinese voters to participate in politics. The fact certain ridings had more than one Chinese candidate created more complications.

In comparison, Wong said we should learn from South Asians. Chinese voters need to know the benefits of voting. If Chinese Canadians vote, federal parties are likely to pay more attention to their community and encourage more Chinese candidates to run for positions. This is still not understood by newcomers. South Asians are very religious, and this has helped to unite them as a community. Wong said we do not have this kind of bond in the Chinese community. Host Michael Shao is curious as to whether that is the reason Chinese people are not as united.

Wong agreed and said more traditional Chinese Canadians focus more on taking care of themselves and their families instead of thinking about the country. Shao asked whether this hindered them from voting. Wong said yes. Some parties do not think the Chinese vote matters, yet they still come and campaign in ridings populated by Chinese residents. Wong said they are afraid that if Chinese Canadians do vote, it will impact the outcomes. There have been many Chinese candidates in the past, but not many became cabinet ministers.