By-election day in Burnaby South
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).News articles, updates, feed of coverage etc. are posted here.
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