This is from the Toronto Star and it can be read in whole here.
Travelling Tory woos ethnic voters
Multiculturalism secretary of state Jason Kenney is meeting community leaders and taking notes
Feb 23, 2008 04:30 AM
OTTAWA–As Prime Minister Stephen Harper's secretary of state for multiculturalism, Jason Kenney finds himself most weekends not in his Calgary riding but in Vancouver or more often in the Greater Toronto Area.
I didn't even know such an office existed but now that I think about it should I even be surprised?
In back-to-back events, sometimes 15 to 20 from Friday afternoon to Sunday night, Kenney meets with groups of cultural community leaders, talks to ethnic media, shakes hands with new Canadians and takes notes.
Last night, at the Polish National Union of Canada building in Toronto, Kenney listened as a pitch was made for the Conservative government to designate land in Ottawa for a cross-cultural monument to victims of Communism.
This is how the bribery works. In exchange for votes you must do something for us. In this case it is a monument to the victims of communism to be built on land in Canada's capital. After that then what? Another monument to another ethnic group? Another cultural centre? This is part and parcel of how Canadian land is being portioned out along ethnic lines. We build monuments commemorating another people's history and celebrating another people's history all the while Canadian history is to be forgotten and culture to remain unidentified.
This is ethnic outreach with a purpose. Conservative strategists are eyeing 30 ridings across Canada that were lost by 5 per cent of the vote and where ethnic groups make up a large enough percentage of voters to swing the result next time. In the GTA, 16 ridings have been identified.
Recall that the Conservatives were shut out of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver last election. Toronto used to be a conservative city but no more. The political strategy initiated in the 1970s by the Liberal government of Trudeau to flood Toronto with immigrant voters is finally bearing fruit.
Note to the Conservatives. If you want to get elected again you might want to decrease immigration levels. You are just importing more Liberal supporters who are now moving into areas where the Conservatives can get elected.
Nine ethnic groups in particular are coming in for special attention: Koreans, Chinese (more often than not Cantonese-speaking émigrés from Hong Kong), Jews, South Asians, Persians, Poles, Jamaicans, Filipinos, and Vietnamese.
On top of that, the federal Conservatives have 40 candidates among 290 nominated so far for the next election campaign who boast an ethnic background.
Can this be considered preferential hiring based on ethnicity? In some ridings you cannot get elected if you are not of a particular ethnic background. Is that racist?
This should make very clear that Canadian politics is race conscious not just by the political parties by also by the voters. If we are all Canadians then what would someone's ethnic background have to do with anything? Why cannot non-South Asians get elected in areas dominated by South Asians? This is because race matters. If Canada insists on going down this road then we can expect a fracturing of not only Canadian society along ethnic lines but of Canadian politics as well.