With the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say again that I think most Canadian politicians are pathetic vote whores, who could easily trample ethics and decency in the name of getting a few more special interest votes. Just a few days ago Justin Trudeau sent a welcome letter to the anti-Semitic hatemonger Reza Aslan and the organization that invited him to speak.
It is hard to believe it is possible, but Olivia Chow managed to stoop to an even lower level. She didn’t just go to some multicultural ghetto and pander to them her platform; she solicited votes from residents of the People’s Republic of China. Her drive for votes targeted Hong Kong, which, though formally a “special administrative region,” is still part of communist China.
The paper South China Morning Post, which seems to adore their Hong Kong woman in Canada (“…Chow, 57, who is one of Canada’s most prominent ethnic Chinese politicians”), dedicated an article to her plea for votes.
Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has urged tens of thousands of Torontonians living in Hong Kong to help end the “embarrassment” of having Rob Ford as leader of Canada’s biggest city.
Chow, whose family migrated from Hong Kong to Canada when she was 13, told the South China Morning Post on Tuesday that Toronto residents living in Hong Kong shared the “sense of shame” that came from having a crack-smoking mayor.
The Chinese paper fails to mention that a very large part of the Torontonians share the “sense of shame” from the antics of Jack and Olivia, the happy-go-lucky royal couple of the Canadian socialism, which never found a bizarre social program or stupid progressive cause that was not worthy of wasting taxpayers’ dollars on.
As an old NDP fox Olivia knows exactly what she is doing, there are plenty of votes to be gained in the Chinese megapolis due to our ridiculous election laws:
It is unclear how many Canadians in Hong Kong are eligible to vote in Toronto’s elections. However, a 2010 survey conducted by the Asia Pacific Foundation suggested there were about 295,000 Canadian citizens in the SAR, most of them returnee immigrants. Since a large majority of Hong Kong emigrants settle in either Toronto or Vancouver, a conservative estimate of the number of Torontonians in Hong Kong would reach more than 100,000.
Shame, shame, shame, Olivia…
So Hong Kong has 295,000 Canadian citizens of convenience, who got their passports and quickly disappeared to make money and pay taxes to China. They don’t give a damn about Canada. They will remember our country only if China decides to do something unpleasant in Hong Kong. Then we will hear a lot of whining and demands to be brought back to Canada by the Canadian government. And everything will be paid from the taxes of the people, who still see Canada as their homeland.
How can somebody who lives in Hong Kong be considered “Torontonian”?!?!
How can somebody, who spit on my country and went to live in China, have a say on how to govern Toronto?
When you solicit votes from foreigners, you must promise something in return. And, as a “shrewd” politician, Olivia gives the promise:
Chow said her primary message to potential voters in Hong Kong was that they should participate. “Toronto is your city too. You may want to come back to retire or invest … You want to be proud of your city,” she said.
Olivia, you continue to give away our money to everybody, who shows up at the border. Toronto is NOT their city. So you find it normal that they can come back and take advantage of our social and health services without having contributed a dime into building and financing them.
This is really despicable – I have yet to see a Canadian politician who would actively seek votes from a foreign country.
Olivia, whom do you serve? Canada or China?
If you really love Canada, you must offer a platform that benefits all Canadians, not some foreign entity. You may think Rob Ford is a brute that offends your “highly artistic” personality, but his message is very simple and straightforward and he doesn’t differentiate the voters by ethnicity and doesn’t prostitute himself for votes.
If it is so important to accommodate the Chinese voters, who abandoned Canada, you may consider starting a new political career in Hong Kong. I am sure the Communist Party of China will embrace your vast experience in wealth redistribution.
After the blogger Blazingcatfur made this article public in Canada, many of his readers openly expressed their displeasure with the unethical behavior of Ms. Chow. That didn’t escape the attention of South China Morning Post, which published another article mocking their opinions. (What is more natural than a Chinese newspaper telling Torontonians what to think? And they even threw in an Olivia Chow campaign ad.)
Supporters of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have lashed out at his Hong Kong-born challenger Olivia Chow, branding her a traitor and “Chairman Chow” after she urged Torontonians living in the SAR to help unseat him…
The backlash came after Chow said in an interview with the South China Morning Post on Thursday that Hong Kong’s numerous Torontonians shared the “sense of shame” that came with having a crack-smoking mayor, and those eligible to vote in October’s municipal elections had the chance to help restore pride to Canada’s biggest city.
“If you’re not filing tax returns as a Canadian resident, then you shouldn’t be able to vote in ANY Canadian election. Sounds as if Ms Chow wants our elections to be decided by outsiders who want the benefits of Canadian citizenship without helping pay the costs of same,” wrote “Frances” on a blog posting titled, “Chairman Chow asks passports of convenience in the South China Morning Post: Help me defeat Rob Ford”.
The posting was accompanied by an image of Chow with a Mao cap photoshopped on her…
Some Twitter users called the left-leaning Chow, 57, a “traitor” and “shameless” for seeking votes from Torontonians living in Hong Kong.
And they get defensive trying to justify her position:
According to Toronto’s election guide, non-resident Canadian citizens are eligible to vote in the October 27 election so long as they or their spouse owns or rents property in the city…
A spokeswoman for the Toronto City Clerk’s office said yesterday that non-resident voters in the municipal polls may cast ballots by appointing a proxy who is an eligible resident voter.
The Chinese stormtroopers didn’t miss this opportunity to trash Canada in the comments to the article. A progressive named “jonfra” noted:
Won’t be long before Chinese would be the majority for the simple reason that Canada is selling to those who can afford it. By your reckoning would it be fair then for a “white” man to run a city council? Remember the “whites” were aggressive invaders not too long ago, who robbed the territory from native Canadians. They still recognised the Queen of England as their Head of State, for crying out loud.
So this is the end game? Taking over Canada by China, the same way the genocidal Chinese government conquered Tibet? With our lousy immigration policy, a Canadian passport is worth very little. It is given to hundreds of thousands, who have no respect for Canada whatsoever.
I sincerely hope that Olivia Chow doesn’t share the opinions of the newspaper and its readers. But she must prove that by stopping her mayoral campaign in China.
Soliciting votes in a foreign country is much more disgraceful than being caught smoking crack…
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