As election results became known last weekend, media outlets across the province reported onthe news.
MIREMS highlights three stories that share unique reactions that are common among Chinese print, online, TV and radio sources reacting to the election results.
While some sources focused on praising the winners, some criticized their community's voters and others raised the point that voting within your community can weaken democracy.
What can Chinese people learn from the municipal elections this time?
Chinese Source Van People reports:
Ontario municipal elections were held on October 22. A total of 17 Chinese candidates have been successfully elected. The number of Chinese candidates has set a new record high when it comes to political participation (of Chinese people) in recent years. There's no doubt that the increase in election enthusiasm and candidate numbers are good - it shows that new and old immigrants are starting to pay attention to public events, local politics and taxation policies. The Chinese community's enthusiasm in political elections is worthy of recognition. In the past, the Chinese community was indifferent. However, the chaos and farce within the Chinese community are concerning. From the removal of (campaign) signs, to bribery, to scams and rumours circulating in WeChat groups, the Chinese community still has a long way to go if it wants to form a more mature political ecosystem. (23/10/2018).
Vancouver election: It's narrow minded for Chinese people to blindly vote for Chinese people
Chinese Readers in Vancouver reports:
Chinese voters often look at who is against building affordable housing for the homeless, who is against sex ed courses in school, who is against cannabis legalization, and vote for those people. (They) don't understand the various aspects that have to do with the development of the Metro Vancouver region, and happily take $20 to vote for someone. How many of them actually vote with multiculturalism and multi-ethnic friendship in mind, and vote for someone who is truly capable? After the election, we need to cool down. We need to understand Vancouver and integrate into the Canadian society. The election process is also a learning process - we can make a comeback in four years, with a new way of thinking. (23/10/2018)
2018 Vancouver municipal election results are finally out!
Van People reports: The author felt disappointed. Ken Sim failed to become the first Chinese mayor in the history of Vancouver! If Sim had been elected, the author thinks he would have made some positive changes to Vancouver's real estate situation! Many Chinese people feel sorry that he lost. There were many Chinese candidates this year, but they received few votes. Isn't it time for Chinese voters to reflect? (21/10/2018)