TRUDEAU REMAINS PM AS AMARINDER SINGH KICKED OUT!
Let’s call it an international irony. The chief minister of the Indian state of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, who had kept aggressively attacking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on some Khalistani issue or the other over the past few years, was replaced by another politician on Monday in a humiliating manner – the same day as Trudeau led his party to a third victory in the polls (although it will be a minority government again).
So Trudeau gets to have the last laugh!
JAGMEET SINGH IS STILL A WINNER!
The NDP, of course, never had a chance to win more seats than the Liberals or the Conservatives, but their leader, Jagmeet Singh, won the hearts of millions of Canadians – especially the younger generation. His style and the policies he advocated with such fervour resonated with them. He also enhanced the image of Sikhs (and, indeed, all South Asians) tremendously. He will give Trudeau a tough time in the House of Commons for sure – and that will be good for all Canadians.
VOICE EXPECTED TRUDEAU TO WIN BECAUSE…
The VOICE fully expected Trudeau to win (though we remained neutral, giving all parties an equal opportunity to present their point of view to Canadians). The main reason? We didn’t think Canadians would like to take the risk of having a new government while the pandemic was still raging with the Delta variant and some idiots still refusing to get vaccinated and spreading conspiracy theories – and we still don’t know how things are going to be six months from now or even a year from now. Trudeau has done a good job no doubt and it was better to let him keep handling the situation. Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole came across as too negative and too desperate to appeal to progressive Canadians – and the future of Canada lies in the hands of the progressives. But Trudeau was humiliated as Canadians decided NOT to give him a majority and thus force him to listen to the NDP – and the other parties – on different issues. Maybe we will see a more mature Trudeau. Meanwhile, the knives will be out for O’Toole in his party.
SIX SOUTH ASIAN MP’S WIN FROM B.C.
All five incumbent South Asian MPs won. Except for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh (Burnaby South), all the others are from the Liberal Party – Harjit Sajjan (Vancouver South), Sukh Dhaliwal (Surrey Newton), Randeep Sarai (Surrey Central) and Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre). And the Liberals will welcome a new MP – Parm Bains (Steveston-Richmond East). The VOICE is happy for all of them – they are fine people. Bains handled the South Asian media for the BC Liberals for many years and he was well liked and respected. We are sure he will do a great job in Ottawa. Interestingly, Sajjan, Dhaliwal and Sarai won with huge margins in spite of some people waging a vicious campaign against them.