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.
Take a look at the numbers from Multicultural Meanderings.
MIREMS shares this special collection of multilingual and multicultural media coverage:
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)