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.

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