Saturday, September 26, 2015
Jason Kenney and the Vanishing Ethnic Vote
As you know the Harper regime has expended a huge amount of energy pandering to the so-called ethnic vote.
And nobody more than Jason Kenney, the man they call Mr Curry in a Hurry, who likes to jet across the country hitting every religious festival and ethnic banquet between St John's and Victoria.
In relentless pursuit of the ethnic vote, wherever he can find one. At the buffet table, or in a stairwell bearing a pizza.
So I can't help but think that this move by Justin Trudeau must have felt like a kick in the stomach.
Justin Trudeau has made his biggest play to date for immigrant voters who have been key to Stephen Harper’s electoral success. Mr. Trudeau unveiled on Friday a package of policies to make it easier for immigrants to sponsor relatives abroad to join them in Canada, aimed at presenting his party as more open to newcomers than the governing Conservatives have been.
And sure enough it was. Kenney practically exploded.
Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney, architect of many of the government’s immigration changes, says voters won’t be swayed by Trudeau’s promises. He says new Canadians are smart and sophisticated and those who came to Canada during the previous Liberal government remember how broken the immigration system was.
No doubt outraged at the very thought that the Spawn of the Anti-Christ should dare to steal HIS people.
But sadly for Kenney, it turns out that while the Cons did win a lot of the ethnic vote during the last election. And it did help give them a bloody majority.
This time in many of the ridings where they won that majority the results could be quite different.
HIS people are threatening to abandon him and the Harper Cons.
And charts like that one, and cruel realities like this one:
Over time, new Canadians become more integrated into Canadian society. As they do, their ethnic identities become less important in determining how they might vote. As second, third and fourth generations replace the original immigrants they develop political views they share with others outside of their ethnic sub-groups.
Whether they are environmentalists or social justice advocates, free traders or anti-tax conservatives, their ethnic identities have progressively less influence on how they vote and view politics.
Must be driving the Minister of Everything, including buffets and banquets, absolutely crazy.
Or giving him a really bad case of indigestion...
To think that all that work, and all those pounds, were for NOTHING.
The so-called ethnic vote would rather be treated like the Canadian vote.
And it's on our side.
Gawd. Poor Mr Curry in a Hurry.
His future doth look bleak...
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