A campaign was also launched to urge Chinese Canadians and permanent residences to encourage their friends and relatives to vote on September 20th.
Candidates from at least two political parties will be reaching the Richmond Chinese-speaking community via live streaming interviews over this long weekend to discuss issues of particular concern to that community.
The interview, hosted by the Richmond-based Chinese Canadians Go to Vote (CCGTV) group, invited People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier and Josh Vander Vies, the liberal candidate for Vancouver East, to their voting platforms Introduce and answer a series of questions from viewers on issues such as anti-Asian racism.
Richmondite Ivan Pak, who ran under the PPC banner at the Richmond Center in the recent federal election and was one of the founders of CCGTV. However, he stressed that his group does not support any particular party or candidate in this upcoming election.
Rather, he hopes that this event will sensitize the Sino-Canadian community that voting is their right and their responsibility.
“Canada needs everyone’s contribution; our future depends on us, ”added Pak.
Pak stated that his group is hoping for live streaming interviews with candidates from all parties, but is still waiting for their availability to be confirmed.
Pak, along with fellow parishioners, recently launched the group’s website, CCGTV.org, to provide the latest information to help Chinese-speaking audiences learn how democracy works in Canada and to showcase the electoral platforms of various political parties.
Meanwhile, Pak said they had also launched a campaign – “10 votes is better than one” – to call on Chinese Canadians and permanent residences to encourage their friends and relatives to also vote on September 20.
“The purpose of this activity is to mobilize and motivate all Chinese Canadians to vote in this election,” added Pak.