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.