Both Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland visited the hot-contest riding of Burnaby South and ethnic media’s vocal coverage of the area continued.
Facebook also received a fair share of coverage in multicultural and multilingual media—many expressing concern over virtual threats and internet trolls. As well, increased government ad spending lining the pockets of Facebook and social media sites versus traditional print media.
Korean media highlights Singh saying he will “make the minority voice heard” and Caribbean media calling out Andrew Scheer for “going for the jugular” and more in this week’s special collection of by-election reporting from Canada’s ethnic media. Prepared by MIREMS multilingual consultants coast-to-coast.
Plus: Explore these stories by the numbers on Multicultural Meanderings.
Korean: "Singh 'I will make the minority voice heard'"
Vancouver's Korean Chosun Ilbo reports:
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, a candidate in the Burnaby South by-election, visited Northroad Korean town to encourage the voters’ support. Singh said: “My political career started from a wish for minority communities to be a member of Canadian society, I will represent immigrants’ rights.” Conservative candidate Jay Shin held a fund-raising event and said: “It is a challenge for a rookie, but I’ll fight for the economic stability and better quality of life of Burnaby residents.” (08/02/2019).
Urdu: "Canada's housing crisis and mortgage stress test are officially election issues"
The weekly Urdu Pakistan Post reports:
In a debate in the House of Commons, the Conservatives took aim at the mortgage stress test that requires Canadians to show they can withstand higher interest rates. “The stress test is a one-size-fits-all tool that punishes Canadians from coast to coast to coast, regardless of conditions in their local market,” Conservative MP Tom Kmiec said in a speech in the House. “It’s a deal for big banks, not Canadians.” With most of Canada’s housing problems centered in Vancouver and Toronto, Kmiec said the stress test is having a destructive effect on his Calgary riding. The debate was sparked by an NDP motion that tackles the housing issue from the other side of the ideological spectrum, calling on the government to create 500,000 affordable housing units in the next 10 years, with half of them completed in five years. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who is vying for a seat in the upcoming Burnaby-South byelection in British Columbia where housing concerns dominate, has also called on the government to double the first-time homebuyers’ credit. “We see how failure to address needs of people at one end of the housing continuum affects people all along it,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of families, children and social development, said during the debate. (07/02/2019).
Caribbean: "Andrew Scheer is going for the jugular"
G 98.7 FM Mark & Jem in the Morning in Toronto reports:
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to waive the solicitor-client privilege so former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould can publicly talk about what happened with SNC Lavalin. Trudeau campaigned in Burnaby, flanked by cabinet and caucus colleagues, but not Vancouver MP Wilson-Raybould, even though she was in town talking to voters earlier in the day. (11/02/2019)
Filipino: "Trudeau says Liberals will win in B.C. by-election where Singh seeks seat"
Laura Kane writes for the Philippine Canadian Inquirer:
Justin Trudeau said the Liberal candidate in Burnaby South will be a strong voice for the community, as he campaigned on Sunday in the riding where New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is seeking a seat. The prime minister told a crowd of supporters that Richard T. Lee served Burnaby, B.C., for 16 years as a provincial legislator and continues to work hard every day to put the best face forward for the city. While the Green Party of Canada has extended a “leader’s courtesy” to Singh by not running a candidate against him, other parties have not. Conservative Jay Shin and People’s Party of Canada candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson are also vying for a seat. Lee said he’s proud to be part of “Team Trudeau” because he believes in transparent, better politics and a strong, multicultural Canada. “In Burnaby South, we need a committed, local champion for our community,” he said, adding he has lived in the Metro Vancouver city for 32 years. (11/02/2019).
Chinese: "Outlook on the 2019 federal election"
Chinese Canadian Voice from Cambridge, Ontario reports:
The author discusses the performance of the leaders of the three main federal political parties and provides an analysis of the potential outcome of the 2019 federal election in October. In particular, the author says that although the performance of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has not been ideal, the Opposition Party leaders are not any better. The author says that the only advantage of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is perhaps his age. His only accomplishment since he became head of the party may be the fact he made his internal opponent Maxime Bernier quit the Conservative Party. It would be difficult for the Chinese community to support Scheer given his attitude towards Canada's free trade negotiations with China and towards the Chinese company Huawei. (04/02/2019).
Punjabi: "Does Jagmeet's ownership of a $5.5 million mansion make a difference to his election campaign?"
WTOR 770 AM South Asian Voice in Toronto reports:
DP Leader Jagmeet Singh is a point of discussion. Some sources report that he has a mansion worth $5.5 million. The veracity of this information is still questionable and the future will tell us what the truth is. A top writer of Maclean’s magazine has wondered what difference it makes if he has such a mansion. The writer commented if Singh wants to bring good policies, it doesn't matter whether he lives in a palace or a small home. This news has made a lot of headlines and the (hosts') program will continue to give the listeners information about new developments. (13/02/2019).
Arabic: "Fake accounts on Twitter to influence internal discussions in Canada"
Samir Bin-Jafar reports for Montreal's RCI Arabic:
Many fake accounts on the social networking site Twitter have tried to inflate negative messages about oil pipelines and immigration to Canada, according to an analysis done by the CBC. About 9.6 million tweets were linked to suspected foreign political interference campaigns. In all, about 21,600 tweets from these fake accounts targeted Canadian accounts directly. In addition, a network of automated accounts has been coordinated to amplify the negative messages related to the Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan pipeline projects. Since then Twitter has deleted these accounts. The social network believes they were run from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. (13/02/2019).
Punjabi: "NDP leader Jagmeet Singh attended the annual Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver on Sunday"
Red FM 93.1 Punjabi Morning in Vancouver reports:
Singh called on Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege to allow former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak about allegations the PMO is facing. (11/02/2019).
These stories have been translated and summarized by MIREMS consultants, who read, watch and listen to multicultural and multilingual media every day in order to make language barriers transparent and make diverse voices accessible in Canada’s political and social discourse