The Ontario critical 905 code—where ethnic minorities are the majority -- has a proven history of forming or breaking a government. The last few elections showed the Conservative government gained strong support from the ethnic Chinese, thanks to their aligned values with the party. But in this federal election, the Liberals swept the majority of seats in its 30 swing ridings in GTA suburbs, while the Conservatives were trailing far behind. The choice of millions of ethnic Canadians – including many ethnic Chinese, has revealed that the generally Conservative values of the Chinese Canadians face challenges.
保守党的财务政策，包括小型政府，节省开支和低税收等看似深得华裔人士的认同。前联邦保守党领袖哈珀认识到这股迅速发展的选民势力，在2011年大选前夕，移民部长Jason Kenny利用拉族裔选票策略大张旗鼓地向少数族裔展开攻势，以致保守党在少数族裔选民中获得31 %的选票而自由党仅获23%。哈珀在2015年再次拉拢华裔选民，并大肆赞扬与保守党一致的华裔价值观。在列治文山举行的中秋堂会庆典中，粉墨登场的哈珀面对济济满堂的华裔们说：“保守党才是你们当之无愧的领导政党！”
Conservative values, particularly its fiscal policies, seem appealing to Chinese – small government, cautious spending, and low taxes. The Conservative Party of Canada under Harper had recognized this rapid support force. Immigration Minister Jason Kenny had openly campaigned to woo the ethnic voters before the 2011 election, and his efforts have paid off. The Conservatives obtained 31 percent of the visible minority votes, while the Liberals gained only 23 percent. Harper also made a direct pitch to Chinese Canadians voters in 2015, extolling the aligned values between the community and his Conservative party. "The Conservatives should be your natural party," Harper said in a Mid Autumn Festival celebration in Richmond Hill.
Also tapping into Chinese Canadians' Conservative-leaning trend was Doug Ford, whose right-wing populism seemed resonating well with many Chinese Canadians. He reportedly said in the City Hall a few years ago that the Chinese community was fiscally Conservative and that the community loved the Fords. Ford's rhetoric to "stop the gravy train' and his promise to put more money in their pocket had hit home with the Chinese community, and the 2018 pre-election opinion polls showed that Ford gained as high as 63 percent of support from the ethnic Chinese.
However, a year and a half into Ford's majority government, Ford's right-wing populism has lost its appeal, and many Chinese Canadians feel the loss of ground of the Conservative values and ideals. Many have become victims of his austerity measures. Ford government's dizzying arrays of changes, particularly cuts in education, have deeply hurt Chinese who place a high value on their children's education. The cuts have affected all ages of students and a variety of school programs: University students see tuition grants reduced while class sizes for elementary and high school increase. Resulting from the eliminated positions of teachers, many Ontario high school students have less access to courses required for their desired university programs.
Fords' popularity move has revealed its dark side, and his For the People mantra proved to be a lie. His "fiscal Conservative policies" have prompted growing frustration and discontent among Chinese Canadians and threatened their beliefs in Conservative governing. Feeling betrayed, Ford voters now have 'buyer's remorse.
Ford factor played a significant role in the recent federal election, and opinion polls showed he became a liability for the Scherer's Conservative party. According to a Vote Compass Survey, 51 percent of respondents said Ford policies in Ontario made them much less likely to vote for the Conservative Party, while 12 percent said somewhat less likely. The stunning collapse of Peoples' Party in the election attests to the loss of confidence over the right-wing populism from its former core supporters – many of them being Chinese Canadians.
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