This week’s special collection of by-election reporting from Canada’s ethnic media is our biggest yet, as many outlets chimed in on the discussion of election results, Singh's victory, the role of diversity politics in these by-elections and the popularity of Bernier's People's Party within some minority communities.
These stories are collected and cross-culturally translated by MIREMS multilingual consultants from coast-to-coast.
Plus: Explore these stories by the numbers on Multicultural Meanderings.
Chinese: "NDP insists that their Orange Wave is not dead in Quebec"
Vancouver's Canadian Chinese Express reports:
On Monday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh won the by-election in British Columbia's Burnaby South riding. Liberal candidate Rachel Bendayan won the by-election in Quebec's Outremont riding, while Conservative Scot Davidson won in York-Simcoe in Ontario. Jagmeet Singh's victory finally gave him the opportunity to challenge PM Trudeau face-to-face in the House of Commons. Upon the Liberal Party's victory in Quebec, Liberal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne declared that the NDP's Orange Wave is dead in Quebec. Jagmeet Singh did not agree with Champagne's remark while MP Alexandre Boulericem of Quebec said that Champagne's remark reflects the typical arrogance of the federal Liberal Party. Conservative MP Gerard Deltell of Quebec said that the NDP has not died in Quebec and stressed that conclusion should not be drawn from one by-election. (28/02/2019)
Chinese: "Federal by-elections; why do Chinese people once again support the extreme right?"
Online news source in Vancouver, BCbay.com reports:
The three by-elections that were held on February 25 were considered, to some extent, a trial run for the federal election. The by-election results are likely to predict the outcome of the federal election, therefore it received lots of attention in the political arena. What is puzzling to experts is that the extreme-right People's Party, which has been scorned by mainstream politics for being against multiculturalism, actually received 10.6% of the votes in the Burnaby South by-election. UBC political scientist David Moscrop mentioned that it's hard to explain why the People's Party received nearly 11% of the votes in Burnaby South. But according to information being circulated in Chinese circles, People's Party candidate Thompson received support from a large number of Chinese voters. Why are so many Chinese people willing to support a Canadian right-wing candidate? Someone wrote that Thompson is known for being against SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) sex ed, and is the favoured candidate of many Chinese people. That writer said if 10,000 people support Thompson, then she would win, or lose by a smaller margin. If Thompson really gets elected, then any party would consider Chinese people important in this year's federal elections. (28/02/2019)
Filipino: "Singh survives byelection test. Now he needs to shift his focus from his leadership to NDP policies"
Filipino source from Mississauga, Atin Ito reports:
Jagmeet Singh stepped before the microphones late Monday night, savouring a rare moment of victory. After 16 months without a seat in the Commons — and dire warnings from within his own party that he’d either win the seat or find himself looking for another job — the NDP leader defied his critics and the pundits by capturing Burnaby South. Singh led throughout the night over his main rivals, Conservative candidate Jay Shin and the Liberal’s Richard Lee. Some will still suggest that Lee, a long-time provincial politician, had too much ground to make up after the Liberals original choice was forced to resign mid-campaign after making remarks in Mandarin about Singh’s ethnicity that were considered offensive. The PPC did surprisingly well in Burnaby South. The party’s candidate took about 11 per cent of the vote there, most of it from the Conservatives. In the other two races, Bernier’s candidates barely registered. What does that mean? Possibly very little. But Conservatives will have to consider the potential impact of vote-splitting with the People Party this fall in swing ridings, where even a small amount of vote bleeding just might mean the difference between them and the Liberals. (27/02/2019)
Chinese: "By-elections results are released! NDP's performance was unexpected"
Online Chinese source Yorkbbs reports:
After a fierce round of competition, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh won in Burnaby South. Conservative candidate Scot Davidson won in York-Simcoe, while Liberal candidate Rachel Bendayan won in Outremont. Singh wrote on Twitter that he's determined and ready to fight for the help people need - from the housing crisis to health care not covering everyone the way it should, Canadians deserve better. This isn't the end of a campaign - it's the beginning of one. The writer asked if the readers were shocked by the results of this by-election. (26/02/2019).
Cantonese: "Maxime Bernier's People's Party posts mixed-bag results after its first byelection test"
Fairchild TV British Columbia reports:
The fledgling People's Party of Canada got off to an uneven start in its first electoral test Monday in a trio of federal byelections. The party, founded last fall by former Conservative leadership contender Maxime Bernier, captured some 11% of the vote in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby South but failed to make much of a splash among voters in the rural Ontario riding of York—Simcoe or the urban Montreal-area riding of Outremont where the party had less than 2% of the final tally. However, some analysts said People's Party of Canada has a fair amount of supporters. (27/02/2019)
Hindi: "Federal byelection results indicate tough road ahead for all three parties"
Commentary from Khurshid Akram on Radio CINA 1650 AM News:
The results of federal byelections held in three ridings in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec have indicated that upcoming federal election will not be easy for all three major parties. All three parties- Liberal, Conservative and NDP- have gained one seat in the three byelections. Political experts say that the Liberals can still trust Quebec voters in October federal elections. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who has got a historical victory in Burnaby South, is planning to rejuvenate his party. Singh is the first non- white leader who will lead a major federal party in the House of Commons. Conservatives win in York—Simcoe riding in Ontario, but their vote share increased by just 3.6%. This increase is not enough to ensure a victory for conservatives in the next federal elections. (27/02/2019)
Portuguese: "Who is Jagmeet Singh?"
Peter Ferreira writes for Milenio Stadium:
Jagmeet Singh was born on January 2, 1979, in Scarborough and is the son of Indian immigrant parents. He is a lawyer specializing in criminal defence and has been leader of the New Democratic Party since 2017. Ideologically, Singh judges himself a progressive and social democrat. He argues that the federal minimum wage should rise to $15 an hour and supports the decriminalization of all drugs for personal use and the elimination of several tax deductions available to those who earn more. Singh's election to Canadian Parliament was hampered by political manoeuvres aimed at denying him a platform in the capital. Although this year's election date has now been set, there are still questions as to whether the government is able to decide how long communities are left without representation. Singh is facing a critical test in the Burnaby South election on February 25. Singh's campaign is drawing attention to some of the racial dynamics at stake and questions about what representation really means. Needless to say, this is his greatest opportunity to enter Parliament and face Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer. (22/02/2019)
Punjabi: "Davidson holds on to Ontario riding of York-Simcoe for Conservatives"
Punjabi radio show Red FM 93.1 Punjabi Morning reports:
In Monday’s by-elections, former NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s old riding of Outremont was snagged by Liberal Rachel Bendayan, while with 54% of the vote, Scot Davidson held on to the riding of York-Simcoe for the Conservatives. Jagmeet Singh won the by-election in Burnaby South, retaining the seat previously held by former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart. (26/02/2019).
Punjabi: "Federal by-election results: An analysis
WTOR 770 AM Radio South Asian Pulse Prime Time in Mississauga reports:
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has new life with his victory in the Burnaby South byelection. The victory of the Liberal candidate in Quebec, indicates a strong position for Justin Trudeau in Quebec. The number of seats that the federal Liberal Party won in Quebec in the 2015 election may increase (in the October election). Andrew Scheer's Conservative Party has won its traditional seat in Ontario-York—Simcoe. However, the interesting fact is this that People's Party of Canada has a vote share of more than 11% in Burnaby South and the Green Party got 13% in Outremont, Quebec. It shows that the environment will prove to be a big issue in Quebec, while Maxime Bernier’s anti-immigrant policy can harm the Conservatives’ vote bank in British Columbia, especially in the Lower Mainland that has a large immigrant population. (26/02/2019)
Chinese: "Why did Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson receive more than 2,000 votes?"
Chang Xi reports for 51.ca:
People's Party candidate Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson didn't get elected as MP in the Burnaby South by-election, but the number of votes she received was shocking enough. 2,420 votes were not enough to send her to Parliament, but it was enough for people to see the People's Party, and the forces it represents in the Vancouver area. The People's Party not only attracted voters who are dissatisfied with the Liberal government, but it also attracted voters who are dissatisfied with Conservative party leader Scheer and the direction in which the Conservatives are heading. Having a Trump-like politician offers them a new option. Usually, these Conservatives are more likely to be white males, but in Vancouver, a large number of Thompson's supporters are Chinese. This appears to be unexpected, but is actually reasonable - church influence, different values of their native country and Canada, and their dissatisfaction with Trudeau all became the main reasons for the Chinese community to turn to the right. If one were to say that the Scarborough hijab gate ignited the anger of Chinese people in the GTA, then Chinese people in Vancouver being dissatisfied with the government and refugee policy was a direct result of Marrisa Shen's murder in Vancouver. (26/02/2019)
Punjabi: "'Judgment Day': An opinion on the federal election scene through the Burnaby South by-election"
Toronto's CIAO AM 530 Frontline Radio reports:
Monday was the "Judgment Day for the NDP and its leader Jagmeet Singh", said the program host. If you look at the recent public opinion survey from Angus Reid, the Conservative Party is in the lead, and the Liberals and the NDP come after the Conservatives. The host said that the Liberal Party will need to work hard if they want to win again at the federal level. If the NDP moves up Canada-wide, then it will definitely benefit the Conservative Party of Canada. Currently, the candidate of Maxime Bernier's newly formed People's Party of Canada is running ahead in the Burnaby South by-election. However, the result of the federal by-election was going to tell whether the graph of the NDP and Jagmeet Singh will go up or down. (25/02/2019)
Chinese: "Toronto Star: a large number of People's Party supporters are Chinese"
People’s Party supporters showed up at Burnaby South by-election debates and were louder than the supporters of any other party. In the third debate, they broken into anger and shouted "Canadians first" when the topic of immigration arose, while others shouted "racist" and "fascist" in response. This is one face of an increasingly visible populist movement in Canada. Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson is running in Burnaby South. Her results could be an early indicator of the PPC’s chances in the upcoming general election. Unlike most populist movements, Tyler Thompson's supporters aren't white males, but a large number of Chinese people. She said that Canadians who appreciate family values are disappointed with current politics. This is why so many Conservative party supports have turned to support the People's Party. In addition, she said a silent majority of Canadians are sick and tired of living in fear. One commenter says the extreme left in Canada inspired the extreme right. (25/02/2019).
Itaian: "Critical by-elections for NDP leader"
Montreal's Italian CFMB AM 1280 Italian Morning reports:
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh could join the House of Commons after today’s by-elections, but his party could also lose the riding of Outremont. The by-election in South Burnaby near Vancouver will be decisive for him and his party. After being criticized for his absence from the House of Commons, Mr. Singh is trying to get elected for the first time. If he loses, he may have a hard time keeping his job as party leader. The caucus could in fact unilaterally replace him with an acting leader ahead of the October federal general election. In Montreal, the New Democrats are not likely to hold on to Outremont, a former Liberal stronghold first won by Thomas Mulcair in a by-election in 2007, which set the stage for the "orange wave" that swept over Quebec in 2011. With the NDP's falling behind in voter support, the Liberals expect to take Outremont. The Conservatives have little prospects of winning. For the Bloc Québécois, Monday’s vote is a first test for their new leader, Yves-François Blanchet. In Ontario, the Conservatives should keep their stronghold; however, all eyes will be on the result of Maxime Bernier's new party. Voter turnout is expected to be very low in all three constituencies, which could result in some surprises. (25/02/2019)
Filipino: "Impact of political scandal, religious symbols debate felt in Outremont byelection"
The Philippine Canadian Inquirer reports:
Julia Sanchez, the NDP’s candidate in Monday’s Outremont byelection, says people in the riding talk to her about climate change, wealth inequality – and sometimes what the leader of her party wears on his head. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is Sikh and wears a turban, making him conspicuously religious in front of a heavily secular province. His French is also weaker than the two previous party leaders, complicating the job of appealing to Quebec voters. “Some people are concerned about (the turban),” Sanchez said during a recent interview following a candidate debate in the riding. Kathryn Furlong, 43, who attended the debate, said she voted for Sanchez, an economist with experience in humanitarian work and climate activism, at an advance poll. She has voted Liberal in the past “but never by conviction. Sometimes to keep the out the Conservatives.” (25/02/2019)
The by-elections are here and after six weeks of reporting coverage from Canada's ethnic media it's apparent that these sources are engaged and vocal about their politics. Many have raised questions about the role of ethnicity in elections and mainstream media kicked off an interesting discussion about diversity politics.
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.
Chinese: "The Burnaby South by-election will be held February 25"
Vancouver's Chinese Van People reports:
This by-election will be a warm up to the federal election later this year and allows various political parties to test the waters. The Chinese population makes up nearly 40% of the voters in this riding. Many Chinese people are promoting People's Party candidate Laura-Lynn Thompson. Laura-Lynn Thompson is known for her opposition to SOGI sex ed and is the favourite candidate for many Chinese people. It's not an exaggeration to say if she can get into Parliament, or even lose by a narrow margin, no party would dare to look down upon Chinese people in the future. According to mainstream public opinion, the Conservative party is the party that will most likely win in the federal election and replace the Liberal Party. However, Conservative candidate (for Burnaby South) Jay Shin has almost no interaction with the local community. As a potential ruling party, its performance in the warm up match will directly affect voters' perception. (14/02/2019).
Korean: "Dream to be the first MP of Korean descent"
Canadian Korean Times Weekly in Toronto reports:
Toronto's Conservative candidate Jay Shin held a fundraising event as he is taking a challenge to be a the first Member of Parliament being of Korean descent. Shin is new to politics — until recently he worked as a lawyer. He is focusing on a door-knocking-campaign due to having a lower chance of getting into papers, compared to his renowned competitors. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Liberal candidate Richard T. Lee are seeking a seat in the Burnaby South by-election as well. (20/02/2019).
Punjabi: "Burnaby South by-election: Conservatives seem to have strong position"
CIAO 530 AM Morning with Dev Tatla reports:
Time will tell about the future of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who is running in Burnaby South. The federal by-election will be held on February 25. But in general, support for the Liberals has dropped across the country due to the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Currently, the Conservatives are leading to win.(21/02/2019).
Korean: "Trudeau heckled during campaign speech in Burnaby South"
Vancouver's Vancouver Chosun Ilbo reports:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to develop three projects in Vancouver that will create new affordable housing, helping those who are homeless and expanding the number of shelter spaces in the city. It is drawing criticism, however, as Trudeau joined Liberal candidate Richard T. Lee for a Burnaby South by-election campaign event. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, seeking a seat there, said: “People are disappointed with Trudeau’s approach to the housing crisis.” (13/02/2019).
Korean: "Trudeau heckled during campaign speech in Burnaby South"
Korean newspaper in Vancouver, Canada Express reports:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Burnaby South to support Liberal candidate Richard T. Lee as Lee is challenging NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a by-election on Feb. 25. But protesters saw his visit as an opportunity to voice their displeasure with his support of the Trans Mountain pipeline and its proposed expansion. Other than the pipeline opponents, some protesters in yellow vests as well held signs opposing Trudeau’s immigration policy. (15/02/2019).
Arabic: "Canada: By-elections will determine the political future of NDP leader Jagmeet Singh"
Samir Bin-Jafar reports for Montreal's RCI Arabic:
The by-election which will be held on February 25 will determine the political future of the NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who is planning to enter the House of Commons. His political future will be in the hands of Burnaby South voters in British Columbia. (19/02/2019).
Punjabi: "Burnaby South by-election: Current scenario"
Oakville's radio talkshow CMJR Pavarsi reports:
All the eyes are set on by-election in Burnaby South (British Columbia), from where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is running. Responding to it, a guest on the show said that the advance polling for the Burnaby South federal by-election was opened on Feb. 15 and will continue until the evening of Feb., 18 from noon until 8 p.m. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has already cast his vote in advance polling. Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed a big rally in Burnaby South. He also claimed the victory of Liberal candidate Richard Lee from this riding in by-election. Singh is also doing hard work including a door to door campaign to win this election. However, we know that the Conservative Party is also working hard to ensure victory of their candidate from Burnaby South. The results of this by-election will be declared on Feb.25. (18/02/2019).
Chinese: "Jagmeet Singh promises to improve family reunion immigration if he wins"
Wenjie Shen reports for Sing Tao Toronto:
As the Burnaby South by-election is getting close, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh brought his campaign to the Royal Oak station on Saturday. Singh says the community is especially concerned about parents and grandparents reunion immigration, and if he wins the election, he will push to improve the application process. Singh also criticized the Trudeau government for deliberately stalling a national Pharmacare program. (17/02/2019)
Hindi: "Liberals will win by-elections in BC: Trudeau"
Hindi Abroad in Toronto reports:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes the Liberal candidate from Burnaby has maintained his hold over the riding. The prime minister was in Burnaby last Sunday to campaign for Liberal candidate Richard Lee. Trudeau said Lee had been serving Burnaby for last 16 years. Now it is time to honour his services by electing him. On the other hand, NDP leader and candidate from Burnaby Jagmeet Singh attended the Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver and addressed the gathering. He said the Liberals have always been involved in scandals, the latest one being the SNC-Lavalin issue. (15/02/2019).
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
MIREMS By-Election reporting continues with media outlets continuing to write editorial pieces on their community's voters. Coverage continued of Singh's all-or-nothing Burnaby election and Arabic and Korean sources chimed in as well.
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Punjabi: "Outremont by-election: Survey results showing NDP in trouble"
WTOR 770 AM Radio South Asian Pulse Prime Time reports:
The NDP does not appear to have a strong position in the Quebec by-election. Three surveys conducted over the last few weeks suggest that the NDP is in trouble in Quebec, where the party won 16 seats in the 2015 federal election. The by-election in Outremont (Quebec) will be held on February 25. The most recent four-week rolling poll from Nanos Research pegged NDP support in Quebec at just under 11 per cent. In a poll published last week, Mainstreet Research put it at nine per cent, while the Léger/Journal de Montréal survey published on Monday gave the New Democrats just eight per cent support in Quebec, ranking it in a distant fourth place. The Liberals, Conservatives and the Bloc are all looking to make seat gains at the expense of the NDP. All 16 of the New Democrats' Quebec seats are vulnerable. (06/02/2019)
Punjabi: "The bankruptcy of ethnic vote banks"
Tarek Fateh writes in Khabarnama Punjabi Weekly:
Much has been written about the crass ethno-racial baiting employed by Karen Wang, the now dismissed Liberal Party candidate for the Burnaby South byelection where she was facing NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. All hell broke loose among the political elite of the country. It was as if Wang had committed an act of racism and had violated the foundations of Canada's supposed non-racial, non-ethnic election process where ideas and platforms count, not the ethnicity or race of the candidate. The fact is Wang was honest enough to put her words where her mouth was. If Wang was guilty of relying on 'her' Chinese vote-bank, wasn't Jagmeet Singh also running in the riding because it had a large Sikh or Indo-Canadian community? Both Wang and Singh played ethnic vote-bank politics, except one got caught and the other remained mum, hoping no one would notice his abandoning Brampton voters just to get inside parliament. It is not just in Burnaby South where Canada is being subject to ghetto politics. This is happening across urban Canada. One example is the Conservative Party's nomination fight for the Ontario riding of Mississauga-Erindale in November 2018. In the contest, a prominent former MP from the riding Bob Dechert was soundly defeated because he did not have a tribe to rely on. The solution is simple: Every member of a political party should have renewed their membership at least once in two consecutive years to have the right to vote in nomination battles. Otherwise, Canada's democracy is for sale to tribalism. (01/02/2019)
Punjabi: "Fundraising NDP vote bank may be divided in 2019 federal elections: Mulcair"
Toronto's Hamard Daily reports:
Amid record-breaking fundraising numbers from the Green Party and what Leader Elizabeth May called “a rise in support overall,” former NDP head Thomas Mulcair says NDP voters may vote for the Green Party in the 2019 federal elections. People who believe that environmental issues should be top of mind are therefore going to start paying attention to May’s Green Party. With the People's Party splitting the vote on the right, the vote bank of Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives may also be slashed. (05/02/2019).
Cantonese: "Controversial Grewal fundraiser earned almost $300,000, MP claims in new statement"
Fairchild TV British Columbia reports:
An unusually lucrative fundraiser for a former Liberal politician beset with gambling debts generated just under $300,000, according to a new statement from the now independent MP. But the comments Raj Grewal made on Twitter Friday about the fundraising dinner last April also raise more questions, as he suggested that fewer than half of the 1,200 guests at the event actually paid for tickets, and that the money was needed for the kind of long campaign no longer possible under new election laws. The fundraiser — with its exceptionally large turnout and attendant large potential revenue — has come under close scrutiny since Grewal’s gambling problems led to him being thrown out of the Liberal caucus. The Brampton MP admitted he racked up millions of dollars in debts playing casino blackjack, and he is reportedly under investigation by the RCMP. (05/02/2019)
Arabic: "Ottawa: The opposition is aiming its arrows at the government in this election year"
May Abu-Saab reports fro Montreal's RCI Arabic:
The Canadian House of Commons opened its regular session on January 28, the last session before the legislative elections scheduled for Oct. 21. Although the date of the elections is still relatively far, all Canadian political parties are acting as if they are in an undeclared and premature election campaign. The opposition party has directed its arrows at the Liberal government, and Andrew Scheer sees the Liberal government as failing in its fiscal policy. He warned if Canadians re-elect the Liberals, they will pay more taxes and fees than they did under the former Conservative government led by Stephen Harper. (04/02/2019)