Ethnic Media Stories

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

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

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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

Scheer in the House of Commons on June 2, 2011 (Image source: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

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.”

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

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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 

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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.