WEB – Van People (Daily) – Vancouver, 07/10/2019 – ARTICLE, Chinese
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For a democratic country, the federal election is to determine what the greater community wants for the future. Various political parties will build their platforms around what the majority of Canadians favour. If we look into the platforms of each political party, we can tell what are some of the topics that voters care about. The American election influences the Canadian elections in some ways, especially on the topic of the threat of China. Both the Republicans and the Democrats see China as a threat to their country. With Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest being such a huge controversy in Canada, it was surprising to see that nothing related to this topic was mentioned by Canadian political leaders during the campaign trail. Canadian parties and voters mostly care about issues that impact Canada internally, such as the economy, the environment, health care, child welfare, gun regulation, housing, immigration, and the budget deficit. There was no single party that discussed how to resolve the challenges between Canada and China’s relationship. There was also no single news outlet that asked candidates to discuss this topic either. To the Chinese Canadians, this is very unbelievable. They care a lot about Meng’s case and the relationship between Canada and China. But the parties decided not to speak about it entirely. This is viewed as normal if we understood how the majority of Canadians feel about the current economy and the community. First of all, Canadians do not care about China, but they also do not care about the rest of the world. The parties are not discussing China because this is not a topic that voters care about.