Conservatives Misread Immigrants: Journalist Panel

With the final ballots long since counted and the prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau preparing to name his cabinet, members and guests of the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CFJ) gathered in downtown Vancouver to reflect on the…

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‘Ethnic’ Ridings to Watch on Election Night

As Oct. 19 is only days away, a quick look at ridings with interesting ethno-cultural dynamics at play will give you an idea of what to watch out for on election night. It is highly…

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The So-called ‘Ethnic Vote’ is Very Much in Play in 2015

Waves of immigration throughout Canada’s history have made ethnic sub-populations key targets for Canadian election campaigns. Historically this has benefited the federal Liberals; the party supported mass immigration while governing Canada for two thirds of…

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The “Ethnic Vote”: All Over the Map

Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau notoriously blamed the separatists’ defeat in the 1995 Quebec referendum on money and the ethnic vote. When it comes to money, the Harper Conservatives have a distinct advantage over their…

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Ethnic Media to Politicians: Engage With Diverse Communities Meaningfully

If the New Democratic Party (NDP) seeks to truly engage ethnic and racialized communities in this October’s federal election, it needs to borrow a page from former leader Jack Layton’s legacy. “Jack Layton, before there…

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Protests Follow Aquino Across Canada

From Ottawa to Toronto to Vancouver, protest actions met Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III wherever he went on his three-day state visit to Canada. In Toronto, protesters gathered earlier than the scheduled opening of…

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Election Watch: Debunking the “Ethnic Vote” Strategy

New Democratic Party leader Tom Mulcair, along with Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy, seen here engaging with residents in Chinatown. Photo Credit: Joe Cressy via Flickr CC  Can political parties court an “ethnic vote”? Sometimes…

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